Life isn't always all that it seems. Sometimes there are hard spots. Things we have to endure. Hatred, pain, fire, trials and tribulations. But as much as we don't want to endure them, they are very necessary for our spiritual well being.
My dad sent me this note last week: "God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, coal into diamonds. I have enjoyed watching how He is changing you!"
I read this note AFTER I had started this series, so as you can imagine, that really got my attention.
Life isn't always easy, but maybe we should be glad. So many beautiful things come about from things that we would classify as negative or painful or challenging. But like the saying goes "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor."
It is through these challenging moments and days that we learn our place, and have the most opportunity to grow. If it weren't for challenges, we'd end up thinking that we are good enough, and we can do it on our own! But God never intended us to do it on our own. He wants to help us, and give us His infinite strength. But we have to allow Him. We have to ask Him. And if we never come to the realization that we are indeed weak and frail, and not enough on our own, maybe we would never ask Him or allow Him to help us. And how sad of a life would that be.
God made this world an interesting place. Things aren't always as they seem. Sometimes we have to use "backwards" logic in God's kingdom. The poor and weak are the greatest in His kingdom. We have to hate our life in order to keep it. In other words, sometimes we have to give up things that seem really big here on earth, in order to get even better things in the life to come.
I think we (as humans) can be very childish sometimes (at least I know I am). It's so hard for a child to see the big picture. They only see this moment - or that candy sitting on the counter that they want now. It's hard for them to comprehend that if they wait to eat it until after lunch, they might enjoy it more.
We're so much the same way. We think we need the best house and the most money. We think we need to look like we have it all together. We think we would be happiest in a life devoid of pain and suffering. But would we really? It may seem like suffering to that child to wait to have their candy, but if they could eat all the candy they wanted whenever they wanted, would it really be better for them?
This is part of an ongoing series I will be continuing throughout the week. Stay posted, lovelies.