Personally, I am experiencing a season of new friends, new job, new ministry and balancing all this with grandchildren and aging parents. Some days, I feel stretched, overwhelmed and even lonely.
In Jesus Calling, I was struck by a few lines of one of the meditations.
"Learn to appreciate difficult days. Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way."
How many times do I grumble and complain because I am experiencing something that takes me outside of my comfort zone or causes me pain? I am certainly not expressing gratitude for car troubles, relationship issues or disappointments, financial strains or an appliance breakdown. I don't usually see days with too many tasks for the time, or days of loneliness or uncertainty, as "stimulating".
What God has been gently teaching me is that these challenges are reminders that I can't rely on myself. Life is not within my control. I can pretend it is and even convince myself that I have "everything under control" but the reality is that in a blink of an eye my world could be turned upside down (or at least sideways).
Romans 8:28 "All things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
This is an exciting adventure. Each day I have the opportunity to follow where God leads, to embrace all that happens with a joyful heart and to accept the challenges that can create compassion, courage, and character within me. Struggle builds emotional muscle and inner conviction.
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
‘Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Author unknown
The road may be bumpy, but the lessons learned in hardship, and the character built in times of perseverance, are priceless treasures. Do you agree?