Did you know that the rim of a grand piano must be built to withstand over 22 tons of tension?
This is necessary so that each string can be set at just the right pitch. Only with this enormous tension can rich, harmonious melodies cascade from its depths.
Trials and stresses in our lives can cause us much grief, but stress is necessary in order to produce quality. The best work is usually achieved when stress is added to the mix, but that is “good” stress. Certain kinds of stress are essential to bring out the best – as in the piano and in creative work.
None of us enjoys “bad” stress – stress that attacks and seeks to pull us down. Numerous things cause stress. I find emotional stress the hardest to endure, while some people are badly affected by financial stress, some by stress caused by wayward family members – and the list could go on and on.
whose life is surrendered to our loving heavenly Father,
we are not immune from stress.
On the contrary, we know we will endure tribulations,
but we also know that God is in control
and we can “glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulations work patience” Romans 5:3-5.
I can look back on the biggest tribulations in my life
and be thankful for them,
because I can see that those were the times of my biggest spiritual growth.
Regardless of the circumstance, regardless of the fear,
Regardless of the pain we bear, regardless of the tear,
Our God is in control, performing as He should,
For He has promised in His Word to work things out for good.
But as a loving Father would, He sometimes lets us cry,
To cleanse the hurt out of our heart; to wash it from our eye.
Yet gently gathers He the tears, within His hands to stay,
Until He turns them into pearls, and gives them back one day.
Put my tears in Your bottle: are they not in Your book?