By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Struggle builds stamina.
Crisis builds character.
Conflict builds courage.
Christ builds faith.
God has chosen hurts, heartaches, headaches, trials, and pains,
The stuff that aches …
To mold us,
Make us,
Break us,
Take us,
And get us into shape.
The soul becomes softer,
The heart becomes purer,
The thoughts become wiser,
The mind becomes clearer.
We become more pliable in God’s hand,
And He becomes more reliable as we trust.
We change,
 He does not.
And the thing called conformity is one big head-scratching wondrous discovery which we must each enter into alone with God.
In the end, it’s the stuff that aches the most,
That creates the most.
It’s the raw elements of hardship which forge a depth of relationship rare, refined, and unearthy.
It’s the raw elements of hardship mingled with the grace of God which conform the soul and erupt in a sacred, deep communion.
It’s not an easy way but it’s God’s chosen way,
And it works.
It’s natural, in the presence of pain, to experience a sense of the absence of God, but it’s only a sense and not a reality.
It’s only temporal and passing …
And a bridge to eternity.
Easter is coming,
The open redemptive reach of the Father's hand extended to the child.
Grab ahold of it,
 Praise Him for it.
The Father's reach.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:6-7