“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
- Romans 5:3-4
As I look around I wouldn’t say that I am suffering, I have food, shelter and all the essential things one would need. The one thing I would say is hard in life at the moment is being in a place that is secluded, in the middle of nowhere, and not being as comfortable that I would like. For example, having to walk into a church to use the restroom. Which really isn’t that bad, but I can easily become discontent in this place. I can easily get my eyes off of the one that brought me here, and look around and think, this is not what I saw my life looking like. That’s the point though, this was never my plan, this was always the Lords plan. As I sit here today I can still think of all the things that could make me discontent in this place. Things like comparison to the other locations or thinking of things back home.
When I take my eyes off the things around me and place them on God alone I see that He really is working in mighty ways. I see that the discomfort and “suffering” I am facing is really just the Lord working His character into my life. I find that I am seeking the Lord deeper than I ever have and He is revealing himself to me more than I have ever known. If that is all I am here to learn or do, then I have a hope and a future that only he could give me. I have something better to look forward to. At the end of this I get to look in the mirror and see a better version of myself. The person God always wanted me to be. Molded and shaped into His image, not the image I thought, but the image He designed. I know that this time is producing an endurance in me I have never known before. He is working out His character in my life and producing a hope for future seasons to come.