I just wanted to share something that meant a great deal to me this morning. We tend to avoid suffering; naturally our humanity drives us to do so. But without some sort of suffering in our lives, our shaping in the character areas lack a bit. Think about it for a second. Erase any kind of suffering which you have had in your life. What is left? We thought it to be a ‘happy’ person but instead it is a pretty dull mortal. I am not saying that one should chase after suffering in a sort of Masochism manner. Instead, developing a birds-eye view of situations. Easier said than done, i know but it helps to have that realization.
I thank Christ for enabling that for me. I really am writing this from a sort of experiential way. Very little experience, but a bit. I know that Christ always helps me to perceive suffering or hardship from a different direction (although i still fight against it and try to avoid it...it comes). If it would be up to my natural human concept i would not be able to see the point of it.
But i think of Jacob. He was a stubborn lad. The Lord had to shape him. He used sufferings in a sovereign way. In the end he reached a level of maturity. I know that it is difficult to see it in the midst of bad times ( and i am actually speaking to myself here, because who likes difficult times).... but i guess faith builds.
Have great week everyone! Just know that we all go through thorny periods... and we are here to help each other as one big entity