Fresh Hope – 28th November 2017

In the words of C.S Lewis, ‘Hardships often prepare an ordinary person for an extra ordinary destiny’.

There is something to be said for people that embrace life’s challenges as an opportunity for growth, a time to develop character, and ultimately glorify God. Submitting to the process of the potter’s wheel may rarely be comfortable, but the finished product is beautiful. Like a mess of clay in a potter’s hand is the beginning of something wonderful, so a submitted mess of a life is of more value to God than a polished pieace of perfection.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong’.

The hard fact is that it is not reality to embrace a promise for your life and expect there to be no process involved.
When you exercise your body properly and have muscle pain the following day, that pain is actually a product of ripped muscle fibres that then repair, building muscle stronger than ever, thus giving you more strength and definition. After a deep cut, the scar that then forms in repairing the wound, is actually far stronger skin than the skin that was originally there. A bone when it breaks and reforms is stronger than ever after the healing process. Likewise, when we undergo the pain of process, we are becoming stronger, wiser, sharper and more powerful than before.

Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to faith. You may feel like God has moved you to a road that you didn’t see yourself on, but just wait and let patience do its’ work. It is often the difficult road that leads to a beautiful destination. Keep on moving and trust the potter!

2 Corinthians 1:8

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.”

Emma Montesi

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