Rid yourselves, then, of all spite, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and carping criticism. Like new-born babies all your longing should be for milk – the unadulterated spiritual milk – which will help you to grow up to salvation, at any rate if you have tasted that the Lord is good. — 1 Peter 2:1-3
A few weeks ago, one of my friends on Facebook had a baby. She posts pictures and little updates about how baby Gemma is growing, and the adorably cute things she does. One such update caused me and others in the group to have one of those epiphany moments.
“We had to undress Gemma today because she was too warm and comfy to wake up enough to eat.”
I wonder, whether maybe God, being a good Father, sometimes has to shake things up in our lives so that we’ll be awake enough to recognise our need of Him? People so often assume that when life isn’t going their way, that God hates them, is punishing them, or simply isn’t real. We can indeed become envious and critical of the others around us whose lives seem to be perfect. Instead, we need to look at our hardships with different eyes. When we’re snugged up in our cozy little onesies, we get complacent and satisfied. We become less aware of the real needs of our souls. We aren’t “awake enough to eat.”
Our suffering and discomfort is an opportunity for growth. I’ve personally come to realise a lot of truths about life and faith and suffering since I broke my ankle at work on September 27th. One person remarked that my broken ankle is becoming fodder for sainthood, at which point I dubbed it, “Saint Ankle of Gregory, dragging me body and soul to heaven.”
When we can recognise our suffering as a catalyst for sainthood, rather than a cause of self-pity, then we’re finally waking up enough to realise what this life is all about!
As Christ has undergone bodily suffering, you too should arm yourselves with the same conviction, that anyone who has undergone bodily suffering has broken with sin, because for the rest of life on earth that person is ruled not by human passions but only by the will of God. — 1 Peter 4:1-2
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