“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us . . . And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:18, 28 NIV)
- eggs, carrots and coffee beans – especially how they all react differently to the boiling water.
- diamonds – how intense pressure, heat, time and a cutting process create a sparkling gem.
- pearls – how irritations transform into valuable assets.
- sea glass – how the broken and discarded pieces of life get polished into collectibles.
- silver – how heat causes impurities to rise to the surface to be skimmed away leaving a mirror to reflect the image of the refiner.
- stained glass – how pieces of our lives are rearranged and fit together to create a master pattern.
- butterflies – how worms go into hiding and are rebuilt from the inside out to become a colorful creature that can fly.
Each of these went through a period of “present sufferings.” Heat, pressure, time, brokenness, darkness, irritations, being tossed in the waves of life.
Each was changed in the process. The eggs became hard and carrots soft. But, the rest? They became something of value. Changing the circumstances with a rich aroma. Filling the world with beauty. Reflecting the light. Soaring on the breeze.
What about me? My journeys are also full of “present sufferings.” But, I’m being changed by the journey. If I can keep my eye on the “glory that will be revealed in us” and trust that God – the Refiner and Master Craftsman – is working all the pieces into place, then somehow the current pain serves a purpose.
What about you? How are you being changed by the journey? Aren’t you glad that God has a plan?