The uncomfortability of getting right
3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:3-5 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Get it right Black people!
As you read and listen to the stories of our Black History as told and recorded by the truth seekers and keepers, you will find woven throughout its presentation encouraging real life stories of people who faced trials and sufferings not common to any man/woman that the world has ever known.
It was and is through these struggles that the beauty of God is revealed.
I’m reminded of the story about the butterfly whose birth and development was influenced by a manual cutting to God’s given birth canal, the cocoon. The story went like this:
A young man walking through the woods came upon a cocoon hanging on a limb beneath the leaves of a tree. He saw the cocoon moving and looked closer to see the wing of a small butterfly trying to break free from his, what appeared to be, a torture chamber. The young man, in his eagerness to assist and free the captured object, took out his pocket knife and put small slits into the side of the cocoon. To keep an eye on his now project, the young man cut the branch from the tree and took it home and built a netted cage for it.
After a few days, the butterfly emerged from the cocoon with one beautiful wing and the other one was crippled.
After doing some research, the young man discovered that his assistance of what he had hoped to be helpful to the struggling butterfly, proved to be catastrophic. Not realizing that by excreting great efforts over an unknown time period to us, the cocoon secreted the necessary fluids needed to grow its wings and to help the butterfly escape his perceived incubator of death.
It is God’s purpose for His creations to be engaged and a part of the necessary struggle.
Our justification is that we also find the splendor in sufferings not so much in the present, understanding however, their ultimate end results.
The predisposed juxtaposition of one’s purpose to enjoy the struggle is one of the utmost enchanting absurdities of faith; how can Joy coexist with the suffering? Accept this as the rational for such, the contrary of joy is wrongdoing, not suffering.
Check this out: a side-effect of suffering is that it manufactures determination or commitment. I doubt that we could develop perseverance if lives were void of struggling situations. It has been duly noted that Perseverance develops personality.
As God observes us enduring gracefully through our examinations and depending on Him to work out His purpose through them, He awards us His ‘satisfaction guaranteed’ approval or get your wrecked life back.
In our struggles we are being tested and approved. And this progression of His approval fills us with hope. We realize He is working in our lives, enlarging our spirit. Our confidence increases, that He, having begun a good work in us, He will complete it.
Faith does not disappoint!
As we step into the first week of the celebration to the cornerstones of history, laid upon the accomplishments and cemented with the blood, sweat, and tears of a people dragged in fetters across oceans born of tears of a proud people, we cannot allow our worth to be summed up in “I can’t breathe” chants and choked out by a heartless people.
I don’t believe that God brought us this far to leave us nor did He make us to struggle to leave Him. Our strength and refuge is in Him who made all struggles.
WHEN GOD CREATED THE STRUGGLES HE ALSO CREATED THE OUTCOMES!
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