The Weaker We Feel, The
Harder We Lean On God.
And The Harder We Lean.
The Stronger We Grow.
-Joni Eareckson Tada
Progressing through life is risky. Sometimes it’s downright painful, and we all must face it at one time or another. It’s like the rose. Life contains both beauty and thorns. Think about it.
When my children were learning to walk, one minute they were filled with pride as they toddled a few steps ahead. The next minute they would risk a painful fall. But they never gave up.
Life got riskier has they grew.
I’ll never forget when my eldest son got his driver license. Oh, what a happy day it was. That is until he backed out of the driveway, went down the road, and out of sight for the first time. Fear struck my heart—and with good reason! It’s taken a few fender benders for him to learn to drive.
Even on my wedding day, I counted on the joyous times my spouse and I would share, but I never considered the heartaches that would also come our way. It’s apparent that life is a mixture of the two.
If that’s true and life has such potential for pain, why try? We try because it also has the potential for great joy!
Yes, God uses the hardships of life—not to set us back, but to cut back the things in our lives that prevent us from growing, becoming stronger, and more fruitful. These are the ways of God. If you and I are smart, we’ll allow Him to use His master sheers so that we can bloom as He intends.
When the thorns seem to sharp and painful, God promises to strengthen and guide us through the thorns until at last a beautiful rose has bloomed. It’s worth the risk, my friend. Besides it takes both beauty and thorns to make a rose.