Thank God for the days when a man’s eyes “look to his Maker”… Even though they be driven there by leanness of flesh and loss of glory, (v.4) and famine, and dearth, and struggle… (v.5-6)
Yes, thank God… If that’s what it takes to keep our eyes on Him, so be it.
I personally can’t grow while living an easy life. I don’t know anyone who can.
That’s why I crave the fire’s embrace…
Not in freedom from trial, but in the midst of it, is Christian character developed…
It is the triumph of the Christian faith that it enables its followers to suffer and be strong; to submit, and thus to conquer; to be killed all the day long, and yet to live; to bear the cross, and thus to win the crown of glory.
–AA 467, Quoted