"They make night into day: ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’ If I hope for Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness, if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’ where then is my hope? Who will see my hope? Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?” -Job 17:12-16 (ESV)
I did this entry one year ago as of yesterday. I never posted it because I didn’t think it was relevant or good enough. But after living a whole year in what I would say endless day to day suffering I understand a whole lot more than what I did when I made this. The quotes you see on the right page (pinch to zoom) are from a book I was reading by @johnstephenpiper. The circles on the right our Disney stickers but I found it in one of the magazines that was sent to the school. But when you think about each of these characters and the movies that they were in, you can easily recall the suffering that they went through. At times you didn’t know how it was going to end or if the character was going to live and we feel that way sometimes. We feel like we are never going to come out of our circumstances...
But we do don’t we? What feels like the end of the world is not the end of the world. What feels impossible at the time was never really impossible. And the biggest result that comes out of these trials and tribulations? The growth that these characters go through. They come out stronger and braver and ready to move onto the next challenge because they know that even though they suffered, their suffering made them better person.
When Christians suffer it can be for our spiritual growth, God’s glory and or the grounding of Satan. Either way- it is never wasted. It is never pointless. God always has purpose 🙌🏻