I love Jasmine’s thoughts here about adversity, based on a “Cinderella story”. “But what if she knew how her story would end?” Often I feel that if I just understood why I were going through a trial, I would be able to bear it more gracefully. But perhaps if I understood why I were going through it, I wouldn’t learn what I need to learn, I wouldn’t allow the Lord to polish me as he intends to. It truly is in the furnace of affliction (Isaiah 48:10) – when we let Him take us in His hands and bend and brake and polish and mold us as He wishes – that we truly become what we can be, and what He intends us to be.
“And it makes me wonder: if there is no sorrow or suffering in Heaven, maybe our only chance to care for one another is now. I mean really, is anyone hungry, cold or having a bad day there? Doubtful.” Oooh, I just love this! NOW is our time to serve! So let me take every opportunity – today, NOW – to serve, to be kind, to hug more, to say a kind word, to do a good deed, to smile at strangers a bit more. Let me establish a habit of doing that NOW, while it is most needed, while I am the Lord’s hands. You can read Jasmine’s post by clicking below.