Not long ago, I heard a sweet mentor speak about short cuts, and that there are none in our spiritual maturity. She recently reminded me of this as I struggled through something new.
It made me think of Ecclesiastes 3 which speaks to our earthly existence. It tells us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
If you read on, it doesn’t just claim time for the good things in life. It also lists the negative to each event. Like a time to die, a time to mourn, a time for war, and other activities that are not so enjoyable.
I know my own tendency is to avoid these activities. To try to rush them, or somehow bypass them if possible. And if that doesn’t work, then there will at least be a pity party until the unappealing circumstance is over.
But, if you’ve experienced anything similar, and if you’ve lived very long then my guess is you have, hopefully you have seen the treasure on the other side of the heartache.
The scars may always remain. But let them remind you of what The Lord has brought you through. Let them remind you of how thankful you are when it is time to laugh, dance, and embrace. Let the hard days remind you to be so very thankful for the good days!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
My prayer is that you will be encouraged if you are walking through a difficult time. And if you’re on a mountain top, give thanks to the Creator of each new day!