"The deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray:

'Thy Will Be Done'."

~Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What is that stuff anyways?

I often play these little games like "If you were an animal, you would be a...", "If you were a color....", "If you were a car..."....They pass the time and are very entertaining. I've decided that if I could choose the material of which I was made that I would like to be made from the stuff that ear plugs are made of. Is that weird? Well, think about it....you can smush them down and twist it and it doesn't appear to be affected. I made it as small as I could and eventually it just popped right back to original form. I'm fascinated by this. Even when they accidentally make their way to the washing machine and dryer....they just get bigger....I think they might still be usable! This made me think of that verse that talks about being "troubled on every side..." Essentially, it is the same thing that happens to the ear plug....but being smushed and temporarily distorted doesn't keep it from doing it's job. In fact, the temporary "discomfort" equips it to better do its job....And, I don't think we should use exterior circumstances as an excuse to keep us from doing our job either because God often uses these times in our lives to grow us up and enable and equip us better to serve Him. Here's the verse: "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and NOT to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh." 2 Corinthians 4:7-11. Maybe today you feel defeated. Let me encourage you to follow example of the ear plug (that sounds silly) and don't forget to "pop" back up! Take advice from the verses that follow in that same chapter: "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory BEYOND all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." Sometimes, this life offers some "uncomfortable" circumstances...but I guess what I am trying to say can be summed up with a quote by one of my favorite authors, "But on that day when you and I have the finish line in view, ready to cross that tape and complete the race, we'll understand that our CHARACTER was infinitely more important than our comfort."

2 comments:

Anna* said...

That's exactly what I needed to read right now.

heatherkelli said...

Jaclyn,
You are an amazing writer and so inspiring! I know God's word is inspiring, but so are you! Even with an EARPLUG you are finding a way to glorify God. I miss you!