My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you carrying a burden in your heart or mind, and it seems like a thorn in your flesh which is always troubling you, should you take it to God? If He doesn’t remove it from you, will He give you his strength to enable you to cope?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I was watching a little wren the other day trying to clean out one of our birdhouses. He’d dart into the house and then appear at the hole with a stick that wouldn’t fit through the hole as he held it crossways in his beak. He tried this a couple of times and each time the twig dropped back down to the bottom of the box. Evidently, some other wren a bit smarter than he had figured out the process of taking the twig in and out lengthwise. But this little guy hadn’t. Finally I saw him come back up to the hole one last time. His head twitched back and forth as he pushed and pushed on that twig. Finally, it snapped in two and the problem was solved. He persevered and the house got cleaned.
Likewise, the path to following Christ in our lives sometimes requires more perseverance than might be comfortable.
Here’s a story from John Stuart: “Years ago, I used to go blackberries picking with my brothers. To get to the biggest and sweetest berries, you have to be willing to fight your way through some really nasty thorns. In order to pick the berries off the thorns, you can’t use gloves. Inevitably, my brothers and I would come home with painful thorns stuck in the palm of our hands. So Mom, as well as making jelly and sewing our ripped clothes, had to be our nurse by removing the thorns with tweezers. In the end it was worth all of the discomfort, trouble, and pain. The jelly she made was delicious, especially on buttered toast. How like our lives this is as God often mixes the bitter with the sweet.” (John Stuart)
Sometimes as Christians, we think that we’re entitled to live our lives free from worries, stress, or attack. We think that just because we follow Christ our lives should be free from trouble. God isn’t a great genie in the sky that supplies all of our wants and removes all of our burdens. God gives us the ability to cope with our problems and to adapt our lives accordingly. He never promises to remove them, he only promises to give us the ability to cope and overcome the inconvenience and the pain. If you’re carrying a burden in your heart or mind, and it seems like a thorn in your flesh which is always troubling you, take it to God. He may not remove it from you, but He will give you his strength to enable you to cope. And, like that little wren, He promises that our perseverance will pay off.
We pray. Heavenly Father, In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations, help me. In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials, Jesus, help me. In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappoint-ments, troubles, and sorrows, help me. When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me, help me. When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior, help me. When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts, help me. When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me, help me. When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, help me. In spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, help me. In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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