Sunny Days Only?

It’s been a mild winter in Texas thus far…temps today in the mid-70s and forecasted sunny skies again tomorrow. It’s easy during these seasons of comfort to sometimes look up at the radiant blue sky and think, “What a glorious day…man, am I blessed.” Or “Thank you God for all this beauty…and whatever else is going good in my life.”

We are soooo grateful when everything is rocking along how we think it should rock along. But heaven forbid we hit a speed bump or a wall at 60 mph. Or life t-bones us at an unexpected intersection. Then we’re often indignant and bewildered…where did my blessings go? Where the hell is God? HHHEEEELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOO?!?!

Often the unstated assumption of many people is that it is God’s job to create a world in which things benefit us.
This premise, however, inevitably leads to bitter disillusionment. Life is nasty, hard, brutish, and always feels too short. The presumption of spiritual entitlement dooms its bearers to a life of confusion when things in life inevitably go wrong. Timothy Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

All My Delusions

Oh, Keller…always the master at cutting through ALL my human delusions. I’ve had the privilege over the last several days to reflect on a difficult time I had a couple of years ago in which, very much like a petulant child, I found myself at odds with God because things were 100% NOT going the way I thought they should be going. And I was bitter. And angry.

But where I finally landed…in prostrate surrender, is instead of demanding God to do life like I THOUGHT it should be done…I allowed life, life as it is, to strengthen my soul, my resolve, and although life was is inescapably hard, my faith today is more abundant and sturdier, and admittedly, I remain blessed by the experience.

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17–18

Strength
of your
character
requires work
Oft painful worship
Without trials, you’re weak
Your soul and grit atrophies
You become spoiled in your ways
Receive this gift of soul strengthening
Diligently seeking what is unseen.

Whatever is going on with you today…bright blue sunny days or destructive hurricane force winds…know you are not alone. There is absolutely a good work being done in you. And I say this as much for your sake as for mine.

xoxo — DM

Originally posted here: Sunny Days Only?

Donna Matthews writes at www.DJRanch.org where she wrestles with spirituality, motherhood, and living a brave, beautiful life.

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