This week I have been noticing how some of the most unpleasant seasons often bring about the greatest and most fruitful change. Hard times force us to ponder, to look within and see honestly who we really are, to decide whether to stay within the rut or to bust out and grow and hurt and trust and thrive.
God did not make me and seek me and rescue me and transform me for only journeys across calm waters. This world contains all kinds of seas and God needs children who are willing to set out on all of them. Children who will love, whatever the weather.
But it is not just the willingness to go. Stormy seas are good for me too. Not necessarily the storm itself, God does not wish me sorrow. But the stretching and changing and growing and loving that comes with the storm. Storms are there, but our God will work, no matter what horror we humans have drummed up. And in order to love, God calls His children to walk in difficult places. What would this world look like, if His children were all safe and cozy and separate?
So this week I thank God for His love and for His wisdom and I am learning to trust in that.
2 Corinthians 4:6–“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”