linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “grow”
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
I like the idea of growth- a magnificent tree growing from a tiny seed, colourful flowers emerging from the dark ground, a caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly. The results are spectacular.
Sometimes I struggle with the reality of growth though, because it does not come easily. Looking back, the times when I have grown in faith have definitely been the hard times, and I am grateful for how God has used them to work growth in my life. The growth is completely worth it, but still it is often painful.
This week has been hard- not so much because of circumstances, but emotionally difficult. There are things I have to do this weekend and I just don’t feel I have the strength. I’d rather just curl up and ignore them and hope they go away, but unfortunately they won’t.
So, the only way to face it is to look at this as an opportunity for growth- growth in reliance on God and his strength as my weakness magnifies my need for him, growth in faith as I see him work through me, growth in endurance as he empowers me to keep going.
Despite the fact that sometimes I’d prefer a comfortable, easy life, deep down I do want growth, and I know that, in the end, it will be worth it.
FMF friends, I will probably not have the chance to read many of your posts until Sunday, but I look forward to catching up with you then.