Do you sometimes feel as though life is pounding you, tossing you about and throwing you onto rocks?
On the coast of Pascadero, California is the famous Pebble Beach where the waves dash with a ceaseless roar, thundering onto the stones on the beach, tossing them and grinding them together, and hurling them against the rugged cliffs. This continues day and night, every day and every night. Tourists from all over the world gather the beautiful, rounded, polished stones for ornaments and jewellery.
Just next to Pebble Beach is a towering cliff which breaks the force of the dashing waves. In the quiet cove sheltered by the cliff, is another “pebble beach.” There is the same abundance of stones but they are unsought and unwanted. They have escaped the turmoil and the beating of the waves, so they are rough and angular and devoid of beauty.
Isn’t life like this? The trouble and strife we encounter, like being put through a grinder, is hard to bear, but when we endure we can look back on those times with thankfulness because we can see how being tossed to and fro and battered and beaten actually made us better people. We have lost those rough edges. The hard exterior has been penetrated and the true inner radiance is released.
Christians are warned to expect troubles. We are not promised a bed of roses or a life of ease. We are clay in the potter’s hands, or gold in the refiner’s fire – but we are precious to our Redeemer. We KNOW that He desires the very best for us. As we allow Him to mould us and make us in His image we can rejoice because we KNOW that He is there in the midst of our troubles and that He will enable us to be more than conquerors.
The underlying philosophy of this and your last post, beaten into beautiful, has been my life creed since 2004. What an incredible truth!
Incredible but true. God’s desire is to bring His children to Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:13) or to refine us as pure gold which necessitates the heat of the refiner’s fire . . . . . and how precious those experiences are as we are drawn closer to Him!
Thanks for this post and this reminder!
How very true this is and the firery trials that come push us to the max,but not beyond the limit God has set up “Hallelujah”!!! God is in total control and his “Aim” is to bring out the best in us,of course we kick and squeal enough,but God knows how much we can take.What a loving and kind Saviour Jesus is. I pray so that others will come to know our Loving and Kind Saviour.Wonderful encouraging post!
Amen! I am sure that like me, you can look back on the biggest trials of life and equate them with very big spiritual growth. Praise God for trials and tribulations. They are blessings and opportunities in disguise.