12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” 1 Peter 4:12-13 NASB
When hard things happen sometimes they produce hard questions. Questions that we have of others. Questions that we have of ourselves. And questions that we have of God. Hard questions have to be asked. They have to be asked in order to grow. We have to summon the courage to face the things we don’t understand or even just don’t like. Sometimes we go through seasons of change that are painful. Sometimes they are longer than we would like. They test our faith. They test our courage and our endurance. They test our patience. Our love.
We may throw in the towel. We may fall down. Sometimes we have to start all over again. And that is the beauty of it. We can. The price has already been paid by Jesus. He gave us the do over. As many times as we need, He still stands there with open arms.
Through it all we have the opportunity to learn and grow. We have the opportunity to ask for what we need and trust that it will be given. Sometimes not in the way we think but in a new and different way.
Father, thank you for always being there with as many do overs as it takes. I pray I always get up and come running back to You.