It never fails. It seems that all I have to do is sit down at my computer and my puppy Jax decides its time to play. He prances up with a toy in his mouth and stares up at me with those “precious moments” eyes, as I call them. I’m thinkng ‘you have the toy, why aren’t you playing?’ For Jax, there’s nothing like feeling the tug on the other end of that rope to make him excited and happy.
I think my life feels like that rope sometimes. There’s a tug at the end of it. If the tug is really strong, I experience it as stressful. If there’s no tug at all I feel bored. When its just right, I feel energized by life. So I guess there needs to be a “tug” for life to be really good.
What about when the tug is painfully hard, the stressful times? These are the seasons that define me. What kind of person will I be….do I hope to be? Without these times I could never mature in my character, never extend myself beyond what I think is possible for me.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
I know that trial and suffering is on a continuum, each of us has a degree at which we feel most challenged, which may to someone else seem easy. Though not all of us will go through something as extreme as say, physical torture, nevertheless, none of us will pass through life unchallenged by our circumstances.
I must remember that in these seasons of extreme tension on my rope, I am never going through it alone. God promises to be with me.
Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Hebrews 13:5,6 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So that we can confiidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”