"I have no endurance!" -quote by actress Jamie Lee Curtis in recent magazine article, I think - I can't remember exacty. I tried to make a mental note while I was getting my car worked on for the third time in recent months. But who's counting right?
Jamie Lee says her husband never knew anyone who could walk so fast but run so slowly. I get that. Walking fast, on a mission all the time, this was me for years. Good at speed but not covering any real distance.
We often think of endurance in the physical sense. The Bible says that "suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."
At times my heart is in a different place and I think suffering must produce endurance just for more suffering? But then I remember that there is something different taking place. It's not only about suffering. See there's more there. Endurance/ perseverence, produced by suffering, you know those trials and turbulations we don't want, produces character, and character, hope.
We are not without hope. God's plan for us, even in suffering, involves hope.
It feels strange at first, to welcome this kind of endurance into our lives. Just like it would feel strange if you are a sprinter like me and you begin long-distance running (hypothetically speaking).
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you." 1 Peter 4:12