Friday, March 30, 2012

The Need for Struggle

A yellow caterpillar by the gate of Kid's Church In Victory Calamba Church
How many times in your life have you asked the purpose of your struggles? Have you felt it’s too much? Do you feel extremely tired and want to just take a break for as long as you want? My father told me when I was young that a good pencil goes through a lot of sharpening for the rest of its life. It took me years to totally understand his words.

As we struggle through life, we tend to ask questions. And it’s okay to ask questions. In fact, God is encouraging us to confess all of our heartaches to Him (Psalm 13). It’s a very intimate experience to cry out to the LORD. You may not understand fully the very purpose of whatever it is going on in your life right now, but believe that it has a purpose.

I’m not saying that God wants to see us suffering, of course that is not true. Many times it’s our fault—because of sin—why we struggle. God cares so much that Jesus Christ had to be a man to suffer and die once and for all so that we could have rest, freedom from sin, authority over sin, and salvation.

The Need for Struggle

A man found a cocoon of the emperor moth and took it home to watch it emerge. One day a small opening appeared, and for several hours the moth struggled, but couldn't seem to force its body past a certain point.
Deciding something was wrong, the man took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of cocoon. The moth emerged easily, its body large and swollen, the wings small and shriveled.

He expected that in a few hours the wings would spread out in their natural beauty but they did not. Instead of developing into a creature free to fly, the moth spent its life dragging around a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The constricting cocoon and the struggle necessary to pass through the tiny opening are God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings. The ‘merciful’ snip, in reality, was cruel. Sometimes the struggle is exactly what we need.

—Christopher Notes

“Teach me knowledge and good judgment for I believe in Your commands…You are good and what You do is good; teach me your decrees.”—Psalm 119:66, 68