08 Dec Enough Already
“The more pressure matter is able to withstand, the more valuable it becomes. It’s the same with people.” Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, “Real Man”
Enough already! That’s all I can handle……I understand that feeling – been there, done that. The truth is that for the majority of my life, I have been under tremendous pressure. Pressure to perform, pressure to be successful, pressure to financially keep the wolves away, pressure to be everything to everyone, pressure to stay alive. There were some pressures I definitely put on myself and other pressures came from the outside world. Have I believed lies? Absolutely. Am I where I used to be? No way!
I could go on and on about all the pressures in my life but honestly, I am grateful for them. When I sit and reflect over my life, I know today that everything I have been through – good, bad, ugly – has been a process to turn a piece of coal into a diamond. A jewel that shines, glitters and reflects God’s glory. In the most darkest times of my life, it was difficult to see if any good could come out of it. But today, I know that God has, is, and will continue to mold and shape me into His image.
So if you are willing, take a moment to reflect about the worst and the best times in your life. I am sure you will see all the different facets that have created you to be the person you are. Remember. not all jewels are cut the same and not all jewels reflect the light in the same way. You are uniquely designed! One of great value. Pressure? No doubt.
2 Corinthians 4:8-11
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” NIV
Momma MindyPosted at 21:37h, 08 December
At the darkest hour of my life, in the hospital not knowing if someone I loved deeply would survive, I was walking down the hospital corridor, weeping. Within seconds, I felt the presence of the Lord so strongly, I raised my hands and thought I should probably take off my shoes, I was on holy ground.
Since that moment, I have not regreted any trial, even cancer, because His presence is more important than my health and my external circumstances.
I am a better person for standing in the Refiner’s Fire, because like Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego, I am not alone.