Here are some things that I think we can all agree on disliking having to deal with: crisis, conflict, negative life changes, death, illness, and distress. I'm a person that likes to find the good where I can. Call it having a positive attitude, call it hope, call it delusion, but if something good can be found in the bad I feel I have made progress.
Lately I have had the feeling I am in a new stage of life. It's a wonderful stage, but like all stages it has some negatives to it. Nothing as life altering as dealing with the death of a loved one, but I have accepted that this new stage comes with times of distress that causes discomfort. So I went looking for the good. God, please show me the good. And He did: I have shelves for my boxes.
For the last several years I have been going to Bible studies and Sunday sermons on a regular basis. I have been reading books that help me study The Word. I have been reading and re-reading scripture. I have been walking day in and day out in a Father Daughter relationship with a God who created me. I have, under His direction, been “gathering”. And now, with a little discomfort thrown my way, God has built shelves for me. The bumps in my road, the discomfort in my life, the distress that He allowed to be there are the shelves that were created that I may now place my boxes on. Inside my boxes are the scriptures I have collected on those Sunday mornings sitting in church, in those Bible study groups along side my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and during those quiet times that are private between God and me. I have a place to store the teachings He knew I would need. I have a better and deeper understanding now. An understanding that He can continue to build on. I have a heart knowledge and a head knowledge combined. And I have it thanks to a God who gave it to me.
God taught me His word, I stored His truth in boxes as I gathered His lessons, then God allowed discomfort to come into my life, God built the shelves on top of my discomfort, and finally He directed me as to which box goes on which shelf.
If I can do anything I would like to encourage you, and myself, to keep going. Don't stop. Keep walking with God. Keep gathering His word and storing His lessons in your boxes. You don't know when God will allow the bumps in the road. His timing is perfect. If you don't have shelves to put certain boxes of knowledge on don't try to create them. God will take care of that. He will build them; He is the master carpenter.
I am still a person who dislikes having to deal with crisis, conflict, negative life changes, death, illness, and distress. And I am still a person who chooses to find the good where I can.