Saturday, October 8, 2011

What Lies Underneath { Day 8 }

I think it would be good to spend the next week talking about what lies beneath and within the middle of pain and trials.
The other day, it was really helpful for me to start brainstorming this by coming up with a list of words that I thought of in association with such times. Strangely, I thought of a lot of upbeat ones.

Hopeful
New
Joy
Thanksgiving
Renewal
Freedom

Wow. I was taken back. That sounded all good. I did come up with some other words like

endurance
hardship
distress
tiring
chaotic
suffering
fast but slow (?)
longing

So how do they fit together, I asked myself? Do I see more of the joy or the times in the valley? Then I remembered. It's not either-or. It's not a checklist to see which one carries more weight.

It's not about pretending all is well all the time, but where the outlook is headed and knowing that difficulties produce something in us that God can use.

James 1: 2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

What words come to mind when you think of the middle of difficulty?

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