I know, I know, it’s been awhile since my last blog! I have to be honest with you about two things: I love writing – and writing is not convenient. I suppose my New Year’s resolution should be: more consistency with my writing!
Well, now that we got that out of the way lets focus on what we came for! I have always written this blog in the hopes that others are encouraged through my journey and what I’m learning. Please drop a comment or a share if you find my musings beneficial! 🙂
Have you ever made your own fresh juice? I have been drinking a lot of fresh lemon juice lately and I noticed something about the process. To get fresh juice out of citrus you have to squeeze it out. Imagine how uncomfortable that is for the poor lemon! It’s just enjoying it’s life on the shelf when suddenly there’s all this pressure on it. I’m sure the lemon is thinking what did I ever do to you to deserve this painful experience? Why can’t I just continue to exist inside my comfortable protective skin? I was happy in my own little world and then you had to go and make fresh, delicious, and enjoyable juice out of me. How rude!
I think I’ve had this conversation with God a few times.
I’m comfortable here in my skin. My world. The way I like it. Why are you putting so much pressure on me? Why are you trying to break through my outer shell of self-reliance? As much as I believe in the desire of God to accomplish great things out of my life I’m not a big fan of the process. I don’t like being squeezed.
But if you want fresh juice you have to squeeze it out of the lemon. You can’t simply talk it through. You can’t hypothesize it out. You can’t even let it juice itself. It requires outside pressure. For your life and mine to glorify God and experience our eternal purpose it’s going to take some squeezing from a loving Father.
Where do you feel like your being squeezed? What is an area in your life that you see potential in but you are afraid of the process?
We exist in a Drive-thru, minute-rice, amazon prime world where immediacy is the expectation. We want it now. We want it convenient. We want it done our way. This is not how God operates. He is patient. He is wise. He knows what it takes to transform a heart. Where we might see trials as evil or negative, God can be using them for redemption and beauty. You can transform your appearance in a day but the heart will take much longer. You can’t dress up a heart, it has to be renewed.
There are things in life right now where I feel squeezed. I feel under pressure. I’m not enjoying the process but I hold on to the goodness of God. I hold on because there is a glorious outcome that awaits those who love God.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4)
I don’t think James is telling us to have joy in the actual trial but rather joy in what the trial will bring. It’s a lemon being content with the process of squeezing because it knows that the outcome is glorious juice. Find joy in knowing this; that God won’t take you through anything that won’t produce glory. James says, “let it finish its work.” For you and I, we know the real statement is, “let God finish His work”.
Did you know God promises that He won’t waste the squeeze? Everything God is taking you through right now is going to be worth it. I know the squeeze is uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful! I know you have questions, so do I. And, I know this; Fresh juice is coming and it’s going to be so worth it!
“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)