What a week! I’ve struggled with many issues – some old, some new, some psychological, some physical, but all spiritual. God is about making us into the people He desires us to be. Like most Americans, I like comfort and feel happiness is what I’m meant to have. I get to pursue it in freedom and am so thankful for our great nation.
However…I believe God is getting me ready for another place and time. I liken this existence to boot camp – training for the real thing just around the corner. As C.S. Lewis described, I believe we are living in the shadowlands and someday we’ll move on to reality. I’m looking forward to that day.
I bet Helen Keller felt much the same. You must admit for the first part of her life, she had to be completely confused with what it was all about. Then, when she finally was able to communicate, her world opened up and she could explain some of what she understood existence to be:
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.-Helen Keller
I haven’t begun to struggle in the way Helen struggled. I can’t imagine the “shadowlands” she endured, but I do wholeheartedly agree that suffering has its place. I want to have my soul strengthened. I will give praise to my Lord for He is doing marvelous things.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labour of the olive may fail, and there be no herd in the stalls – yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon my high places. Hab.3:17-19
Have you come to understand the need for suffering in your life?