As Christ transforms us daily to be more like Him, sometimes He allows delight and sometimes He allows pain to do the transformational work in us.
Sometimes being present and vulnerable with the painful challenges in our lives is what creates the most beauty in the long run. Our lives are not about living without pain and struggles. It’s more about how we respond to what happens to us along the way. Psalm 37:4–”Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” If our greatest desire is to know God and to become more like Him, we have to be mindful that we are not promised to have only “good times” on this journey of life. We have to remember that even Jesus wept.
What we are able to harvest from the deepest terrain of pain can bring the greatest delight and steadfastness in a relationship with the Holy Three in One. It comes at a great cost to us. And it certainly was a great sacrifice for Jesus in the first place. The grace He bestows on our lives during these times are truly the times He gives “beauty for ashes.”
It seems that our invitation in situations of the painful knowns and unknowns is to fully trust God that He will BE WITH US no matter what, trust Him to guide and direct us each step of the way, and depend on His unconditional love that reflects His faithfulness to us. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I invite you to listen to this song entitled: Faithful One by Robin Mark.
I hope it is an encouragement to your heart and soul.