Anyone ever comment on your strength? Do you react by nodding your head in agreement? Stunned into silence? Or do you give them a jaw-dropping stare?
Many of us have probably traveled to see the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a masterpiece of American achievement. Four faces are carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota. It took many hours of toil, sweat, tears, disappointment and delays using dynamite, pick axes, jack hammers; hour after hour on long, hot, dusty days and then painstakingly chiseling and shaping and coaxing the granite into human faces from history who are immortalized on a mountain as long as it stands. Someone’s dream became a reality.
I have a dream too. Do you? So does author, Staci Eldredge, “Becoming Myself“ who shares her dream; a message of pain, hope and triumph.
“The story of my life and the struggles I have lived with—make that “live with”—have helped to shape me into the woman I am today and the woman I am becoming. My scars, my struggles, my failures, my joys, my private lonely agonies have been forging my soul into something beautiful. Eternal. Good. Yours have too.
Now, we can fight that process—or we can yield to it. My dear mother had her rough edges; you have yours; I have mine. We can choose to let suffering soften us or harden us. We can choose whether we will allow it to make us more compassionate or let our hearts become jealous of others. We can choose whether we will love Jesus in it or resent him for it. Only one set of choices will make us more beautiful.
The pain we experience, the sorrow and the agony, serve a purpose. God is working all things together for our good. He is etching a masterpiece of stunning design. The beauty being forged in us through the transforming work of suffering is one that will leave us breathless, stunned, and forever thankful. And the crowning glory will be that because of the pain we have endured, we have come to know Jesus in a way that causes us to treasure the trial as one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Amazing.”
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14
Yes indeed. Praise Him for the chiseling, the forging, the scraping, the shaping, the . . .