Often in life, we face challenges that seem insurmountable.  I am reading about the life of Moses right now.  Moses was called by God to lead the Israelite children out of Egypt.  After having to be convinced by God that he was the right man for the job, Moses approached Pharoh with the news that God said, “Let my people go!” Pharoh responded, ”  I do not know the Lord, and what’s more, I will not let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:2)  Pharoh then proceeded to increase the workload on the Israelites.  He commanded the overseers to quit providing the straw necessary to make the bricks that the Israelites were charged with making.  “They must go and gather straw by themselves.  But require the same quota of bricks from them as they were making before; do not reduce it.” (v.7)

After reading this, I wrote in my bible “increased darkness before light”.  Sometimes, God’s plan for our lives takes us down roads that seem unbearable.  Struggles are an important part of the cultivation process.  God uses them to sharpen, mold, and refine us.  The struggles we face will be monuments of God’s faithfulness as we reflect upon them later.

“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”  C.S. Lewis


2 Responses to “7.21.2008”

  1. The cultivation process isn’t comfortable to say the least. When I was reading your post, the story of the Vine and the branches came to mind. God trims us or even cuts us way back as needed. Neither is very pleasant but, the outcome brings God glory and us blessings. Know that I am always praying for you. You never cease to amaze me.
    Love, Court

  2. vinceknoch Says:

    Everyone has heard the saying “everything happens for a reason”. What you have written reminds me of that. My faith is cast in that statement. Sometimes it takes years or even a lifetime to realize why something happened. Sometimes we will never know. It is during these situations that we are brought closer to God and the ones we love the most.

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