Every Monday-Friday morning, my alarm goes off at 5:50 so I can throw up my hair, use the restroom, put on some workout gear, and do a quick but very hard workout with my husband before he goes to work. I love a challenge, or at least the feeling I get after conquering one. Always have. Since waking up earlier now, I’ve even had time to eat breakfast, shower, relax, or get a few things done before my kids get up. While I definitely wish I could take a nap during my two younger kids’ nap time, for the most part, it’s been very refreshing.
I’ve been thinking a lot more lately how I should welcome challenges in my spiritual life more this way. Obviously it’s not easy to go through any challenge, but if we walked into every challenge knowing that God has called us and is working everything out for our good when we love Him (Romans 8:28) and that every challenge is an opportunity to grow more, I can’t help but think we might just scare the hell out of Satan. 😉 I can’t help but think that if I did that EVERY time I was faced with a spiritual battle, I would get to experience a side of God I have never fully explored and life would seem way more adventurous and meaningful.
My husband and I have had a few conversations lately about some battles I’ve had to face that if I were at the beginning of them and had to choose whether or not I would go through them, I can’t honestly say that I would. They were tough and painful and I had experienced a loneliness I had never known before. However, God knew I needed them, and I’ve seen some fruit lately that may not be if I hadn’t gone through them. Sometimes I wish I could have the same results without all the “work”, but how lasting would that be?
Whatever battle you’re facing today, just remember you’re not alone. If you allow it, it can produce a harvest of righteousness in your life (Hebrews 12:1-7) and a perseverance, character, and hope that you could never imagine had you not gone through it.
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
How You wish to lead me
Transcends my understanding
Yet life is so demanding
Your ways so holy
Sometimes unravel slowly
But if beauty came fast
How long would satisfaction last?
Oh God, time seems so unkind
So we settle for the quickest find
Going on a journey
You’re not leading
Hoping it will meet our every need
Disappointed, left empty
We all have needs we want to fill
And sometimes ignore that’s in Your will
But beauty doesn’t come without patience
Whoever heard of a hero without struggle, without endurance?
And how much would freedom cost
If it was never lost?
Or being stress-free
If you never had a worry?
And beauty wouldn’t be so rare
If you found it everywhere
And winning wouldn’t be so great
If it was everyone’s fate
So when this journey seems tough
And I think I’ve had enough
I’ll continue on with patience
Remembering You have me in mind
Beauty comes with endurance
And that’s what I long to find
-me R.A.D. (a while back)