Nothing can guarantee we'll make it through hardship without scars, slip-ups, or shaky moments. But there are things we can do to maximize our chances of suffering in a way that honors God and makes us more like Jesus. And a lot of that work begins long before the trial does.
We may not always be sure what to make of what God sends us. But we can always trust and know the One who sends it.
Suffering when you can see the point is hard. Suffering when you can’t see the point is harder.
The Christian life is so much more than that one decision followed by a waiting game until eternity gets here. Faith is so much more an idea, a ticket we tote around until we get to Heaven’s gate and present it for admittance.
Prodigals – human as well as animal – don’t always look the way we expect. They might not strike us as bitter, rebellious, or unstable. Their inner struggles don’t always show in their attitude or actions.
Yet they still wander. They still need restoration.
And, whatever their driftings, God is more than willing to give it.
God loves crafting, too. We are His materials, and He has one Subject in mind: the image of Christ.
Maybe you aren’t feeling much like a masterpiece right now. But that’s okay. Because, as most homeowners start to realize once their project begins, a renovation-in-progress looks very different from the end product.
The growth, dormancy, and regrowth of these beautiful plants remind me of three key aspects of the Christian faith.