Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Do you wonder about pain?

People often try to comfort you by saying, "don't worry, it will all work out for the best."

I know that. But I also know that getting to the best is sometimes hell.

CS Lewis said, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

Someone once asked me why God doesn't reveal more -- why we have to live without knowing so many things and learn so many things through hindsight. I told them I truly believe God doesn't reveal it because if He did we couldn't handle it. What if you saw your ultimate outcome and it was a wonderful, glorious thing but you took a wild and sometimes treacherous rollercoaster ride to get there? Well, for the believer it's exactly what happens to all of us!  Heaven is going to be absolutely grand. But you have to die to get there.

Accomplishing important things brings greater depth and meaning to our lives but the road to get there is never easy. There will be hardships along the way, but once you reach the moment you've been waiting for, it's worth it. Revel in it.

My goal is to revel as long as I can because the time between reveling and journeying again is short.

And, I try to not think too hard about how painful the best might be, because wondering about pain has never turned out to be an asset for me in the long run. What about you?

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