In visiting Elaine a few days ago, I brought some old family photos of our long since gone relatives. In viewing the pictures, stories of one relative’s personal hardships came to mind. Elaine recounted the story, previously told her by Mother, of our paternal great grandmother that had endured a most difficult illness in her later years. The story brought sadness as we intently gazed at the picture of one, we never knew, who had endured much suffering.
If one lives long enough in this life, he or she encounters difficult journeys along life’s paths. Some people faint in adversity, while others draw faith and courage through their relationship with God. When thinking about our own challenges, a question comes to mind. In hardship will we choose to face our problems fearfully or faithfully? Without a test, one will never know the genuine answer to that question. Only a severe trial reveals that answer.
Getting spiritually shorn up with a bedrock Christ-faith prior to a severe test helps prepare our way. Practicing a strong faith in advance of our walk down a dark night of the soul best insures a walk of courage and hope through adversity. Eternally speaking, this world is not our home. We are just passing through. Eternity is truly in the balance both in our present and future. Are we truly prepared for the journey now and in the future?