– Olympic phrase during the opening cermonies
Did you ever notice that when you see the word “struggle” that you sort of cringe on the inside just reading it. I mean, it really doesn’t bring about any happy happy joy joy thoughts in your mind and it certainly isn’t something that most people look forward to.
According to Dictionary.com this is what struggle means…strug·gle –verb (used without object)
1. to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
2. to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive: to struggle for existence.
But you know what I have learned about that eight letter word over the last couple of years? To struggle is not always a bad thing…most of the time it is uncomfortable, yes, but bad, no, not always. Hang with me here on this. When Paul was writing the brotherhood in Christ at Colosse he spoke of his struggles. Listen to this.
Colossians 1:29 – That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
Now, here’s what I find fascinating. Paul, who was beaten, bruised, jailed, and just about every other bad thing you can think of found strength in the midst of his struggles.
I am not sure I can always say that, can you? I want to find strength in my struggle, but most of the time, if we are being honest here, I just want it to end. I want the struggle to be over with and want to rush through whatever lesson I am supposed to learn and go right to the good stuff. Come on, I know you have felt like that too, right?
Look what Paul goes on to say in 1 Timothy 4:10 – This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
Whoa…wait a minute here. Are you reading what I am reading? We are supposed to “continue to struggle” because our hope is in the living God. Ok…is it me, or did you just blow over that…let’s go back and re-read that one more time…1 Timothy 4:10 – This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
Our problems are opportunities to discover God’s solutions. -Unknown
Is anyone else feeling totally convicted right now? In my rush to be a “get it done” kind of girl, I tend to blow right through things and in my pursuit to complete the task, the emotion, the struggle I can loose the “opportunity” that God is presenting me with. Does that ever happen to you? You are rushing along, trying to “manage” it all, when all the while your heart, soul, and mind are screaming for you to slow down and deal with this. To wrestle with it. To engage in the struggle without necessarily having to “fix it”.
Often God has to shut a door in our face so that He can subsequently open the door through which He wants us to go. -Catherine Marshall
For those of you who have come by to visit in Mel’s World today hear me on this. It was not an accident. There is something that you are struggling with right this very minute that God wants you to hand over to Him, to sit with Him, and to talk to Him about. He doesn’t want you to blow through it but to sit in it and wrestle with it a bit. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you so don’t be afraid of it. Don’t run away from it. It’s there for a reason. You see, our struggles are not always a bad thing, but a growing thing. So today, I want to leave you with this amazing little story about the “Struggle of the Butterfly”.