Whenever God gives us a cross to bear, it is a prophecy that will also give us strength. As a knot appears unexpectedly in a thread, so disappointment blocks the smoothness of life. If a few masterful strokes can untangle the mess, life continues evenly; but if it cannot be corrected, then it must be quietly woven into the design. Thus the finished piece can still be beautiful though not as perfect as planned.
Building Character Through Tribulations
Word of the Week
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
The New King James Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1982.