your pep talk

Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Filed under: life | Tags: , | 6 Comments »

Difficulty reveals character. It’s what is exposed when all of your shallowness is hidden in the shadows while the depth of who you are gets exposed by stress. People don’t buy umbrellas on sunny days. When the rain comes, it drowns the hairspray of pretense and reveals the natural texture. Those who love you find beauty in what you thought were flaws.

You thought the mountain was manageable, but then a cloudy day turned into a storm. Your equipment breaks, your stuff gets stolen, and you don’t have enough to fix it or replace it. But, the mountain is still there and you still have to climb it. When it rains, it pours and you hope it just comes in three’s, but it doesn’t. You’ve lost count. Maybe it’s just the three worst. But it’s all so annoyingly inconvenient that it’s hard to distinguish which is worse.

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” -John 12:27

Any wisdom you may find is only borrowed.

There is purpose in difficulty and it is for that purpose that this difficulty has come. You thought you could get ahead, but it seems that every step forward is against a current. If crisis reveals character and testing increases faith, then the current is there to strengthen you. It seems you can’t get through, but every day passes and it’s one day closer to who-knows-what because it’s not crushing you. It’s not cruelty to be able to survive for another day of fighting the current.

It’s beautiful to finally reach your place of rest, that level ground after a long climb, and know that you got through it, but not be able to explain how. The lack of words is a pregnant silence. All those who have been there will know. You can see it in their eyes and you can see yourself more clearly in the reflection.

“You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can always go to him in your time of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you.”  -Oswald Chambers

We’re all in this together, but the hardest part is the one you have to do when you feel the most alone. You’re gong to get through it. And when you do, carve your name in the side of the mountain before you move on to your next destination. Leave a legacy next to the legacy of others so that the collection of names lets those who come after you know that they’re not the only ones.

Difficulty reveals character. It’s the most difficult when all the stuff you’ve been relying on to get you through gets taken away. What do you have now? Nothing but God, and that’s the way He wants it. Like a mother with an infant, He removes your toys and your blankets when He holds you the closest.






6 Comments on “your pep talk”

  1. 1 Carey Clemons Bailey said at 12:04 pm on June 27th, 2012:

    Thank you for the reminders. They were much needed in this season. With Joy, Carey

  2. 2 serenawoods said at 4:40 pm on June 28th, 2012:

    I always need those reminders. 🙂 I think that's why I write them.

  3. 3 dphenix said at 1:11 pm on June 27th, 2012:

    relate…silence…sad…hope in Christ

  4. 4 serenawoods said at 4:40 pm on June 28th, 2012:


  5. 5 matthewlogan said at 6:54 pm on June 28th, 2012:

    Thank you for a fresh perspective. My wife and I just recently climbed the largest mountain of our lives; it had to get to a point that we had nothing to rely on but God to provide a way. In the moment, it's so hard to be there, so hard to keep looking ahead when your horizon has been empty for so long… but only He know's His perfect timing (Isaiah 55) and only He know's what He's doing. It's that old cliche tapestry illustration, but there's great truth in that. I look back now just a few days after coming off the mountain, and in retrospect, everything makes sense. But yes, my character was tested. My faith was tested. My trust was tested. And it's all now stronger. And I see how His hand was in every little detail I didn't understand and thought He was absent. He is so good..

  6. 6 serenawoods said at 11:12 pm on June 28th, 2012:

    My Life is but a weaving
    between my Lord and me;
    I cannot choose the colors
    He worketh steadily.

    Oft times He weaveth sorrow
    And I, in foolish pride,
    Forget He sees the upper,
    And I the under side.

    Not til the loom is silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly,
    Shall God unroll the canvas
    And explain the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful
    In the Weaver's skillful hand,
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned.

    He knows, He loves, He cares,
    Nothing this truth can dim.
    He gives His very best to those
    Who leave the choice with Him.

    Quoted by Corrie Ten Boom in The Hiding Place original author unknown

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