It was awful, but it is good.

Diane has been going to the local YMCA in the mornings for classes. Some days is water resistance exercises in the pool. Some days it is Pilates. Today was Pilates. When she got home and I asked her how her morning was, she said, “It was awful, but it is good.”  I said, “Thanks. You gave me my blog for today.”

“It was awful, but it was good for me” is how I interpreted what she said.  It brings to mind a quote from CS Lewis that I repeated in a sermon Sunday, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”  Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Understand that the trials and the hardships can go either way.  When they produce a harvest of faith and work to strengthen us and make us more like Jesus, they end up being a blessing.  On the other hand, when they are cursed and despised, producing nothing but bitterness, they end up being “awful, and bad” instead of “awful and good”.

Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.… ~ Romans 5:3-5






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