A Mess or Beauty?There will always be pain and hurt in life. You cannot grow without it. Pain and suffering are the dark strands weaving through the tapestry of our life, providing the shadows that give depth and dimension to the masterpiece God is fashioning within you. Athletes embrace stress and pain as they prepare their bodies for the contest. You are made strong and refined though your hardships and struggles. They may not be punishment for sin. They are the necessary ingredients of life if you are to grow in God's image. If God is to mold the human clay of which you are made, into something that resembles Himself that process cannot help but be painful.
So, be patient! Know that your pain is not in vain, nor is it a punishment. God is too big to pick on people when, in their weakness, they fall. When you do things that are hurtful, God like a kind father, or more a tender mother, makes adjustments in your life to remind you that your actions are hurting others or yourself and prompts you to make changes. However, God is never cruel. He accepts you where you are and is very patient as you turn ever so slowly back to His love. He weaves everything, even your sins, into good when you reach out to Him.