Saturday, February 27, 2010


Suppose you were able to see the end results of different paths that are offered you in life. Let’s say all your choices are based solely on the final outcome.

The most alluring choice, the one to which we would say, YES, I want to be THAT, the one that will change us for the absolute best, will necessarily involve pain. If fact, any result at all will involve pain. No pain, no gain. Tell me if I am wrong on this.

It is interesting to me how very many choices we do have in life. But the most painful ones often come to us as no choice at all. My young friend has arthritis, my husband has been dealt the C (cancer) card and I am torn between believing that the pain will be gain and scriptures that insist we can be healed.

What shall we call this disconnect—painfully healed?

Lewis again says, “It seems to us all unnecessary: but that is because we have not yet had the slightest notion of the tremendous thing He means to makes of us.”

Alas, we see in a mirror but dimly, and cannot see the end.

Hope alone is powerful…

…but toss in faith that believes God to be not only willing, but most powerfully capable and completely settled on my good, well, even with that invincible confidence, life is a wicked soup.

So, well—thanks, but no thanks to the easier route. This time. Daddy always said, "You won't remember this fine day, if we don't get stuck."