I just read a similar post from my dear friend and Mother in love. She had told me this story yesterday when I was whining about EVERYTHING in my life. Of course as she always does and as a faithful friend should she stopped me right in my tracks and said what I really HATE is that everything is not EASY.
Wow isn't that the truth. It never ceases to amaze me how content I am with my life when everything is going the way I want it to go. The opposite is true though when things get a little difficult. Like sick kids, long days of whining, sleepless nights, a dirty house, hormones, friction in relationships... When I start to get frustrated then I take it out on my nearest and dearest.... my husband. What I'm left with then is running to the closet throwing a fit and telling the Lord just what His faithful servant (tongue in cheek) thinks about all this.
As the Lord does he listens, comforts, soothes, and strengthens for the next thing. The other thing he faithfully does is expose the sin in my heart. This faithful servant is really a prideful and selfish person. Only happy when life is full of thorn less roses. Only loving to people who are easy to love. Only a servant to those who she deems worthy of serving. This faithful servant hasn't conformed to the image of Christ as much as she would like to think. This faithful servant has the ability to take every blessing and turn it into a burden. Like the Israelites I can take the Promise Land and turn into HELL on earth. Like the Israelites I fancy myself going back to Egypt. BUT GOD... comes in and speaks to my heart. He reassures me that this too shall pass. He urges me to "not grow weary in well doing, for in due time I shall reap the reward". He shows me that Love is patient (long-suffering), and kind. Love endures ALL things.
How would I know just how good this life is if I didn't have some hard times? How would I learn to love if he didn't give me some hard cases? How would I become more patient if nothing ever tried me? How would I conform to Christ's image if I didn't share in his suffering?
Lord thank you for the good and bad. Help me to hate my life for the right reasons. Jesus said for his sake we should hate our lives and die to ourselves, but not because it's too hard... Help me become a faithful servant who doesn't grumble and complain about everything. Help me learn to praise when I would open my mouth to gripe!!! After all I really am too blessed to be this stressed!!!