Sometimes life brings trials that pierce our soul. Have you ever experienced emotions that you can almost feel physically with your heart?
I am glad I have a Captain . . . a Captain that is trustworthy and that I can rest in! A Captain that sees beyond the bow (front) of my ship. One that has a clear view, unlike the view through my eyes (often near sighted).
I also know that there are others that have gone before me on a similar journey. I am encouraged that we have crew members; folks we can call mates, that help us along the way patiently waiting out the storm with us.
So often we avoid difficulties, steering clear of them if we can. Difficulties are inevitable. We are bound to have times of upheaval, turbulence, and trial. Sometimes I wonder why some experience more. Sometimes it may be our own doing and other times they may be charted for us, like a responsibility handed to us.
I am learning . . . that life has many surprises. Life is temporal. I'm grateful that I can ask my Captain to guide my life and give me rest from the storm. The shore is my ultimate determination when my life has come to a close but until then . . . I travel a journey that sometimes brings calm seas, other times stormy ones.
Something that I keep telling myself that is sure and true . . . difficulties and trials mold us. They hurt, they are painful, but they mold us. We have a choice too at the cross roads of difficulty, to allow them to shape us for the better or to allow them to make us bitter. In positive ways difficulties can make us more understanding and compassionate. They can light a fire under us that fuels us with the ability to make a change or help another. In a negative way, we can allow them to paralyze us or close us off. No matter, positive or negative, they do mold us into who we are today.
As I'm being molded, squished, pressed, and squeezed . . . I hope and ask that I will be open to the molding transformation that difficulty has to offer. May I learn from it; may it change me for the better; may it make me even more grateful; may it strengthen me. I seek and pray this for myself and others. While joy and sorrow, trial and victory, walk hand in hand, they play a role in our day to day lives.
I seek to make my journey of difficulty and purpose one that counts. I seek to make seasons difficulty a time to sit and learn. I seek to make times of heartache, an opportunity to be changed into a willing vessel. Yes, it is easier said than done, but that's my desire. I seek to be transformed. A scary statement but a brave one.
Have you learned from a difficult or challenging season? What unexpected lesson or passion did it reveal to you?