“Easy does it!”
In a world where fast and easy appears to be the norm and what is desired by most, someone of a slower and more thoughtful pace would most likely be considered out of touch and maybe even unpopular. But as “easy does it,” easy might not necessarily be the best way of doing it…that is doing this thing we call (life), for some of life’s most important and valuable lessons are learned through hardship and patient endurance.
“But I want what I want and I want it now” the majority exclaims. “I do not want to wait and I most certainly do not want to endure any hardship to receive what I want as that will only cause me discomfort and possibly even pain.” And if it is merely a matter of money, power, social status or something else deemed as being of value in our world, many people feel they are most furtunate to be able to buy their way out of the hard, the difficult, or that which requires some degree of patience, endurance and sometimes the experience of pain for them. And so they are smug…prideful…boastful even of their accomplishment of having received or achieved the desired thing so easily and without any pain or endurance. But though they may have received what they desired by their easy getting they may have lost something that they would have more surely wanted and enjoyed had they only been willing to wait and take a harder direction and road in life.
And so it is with one who is a professing lover of God and follower of Christ. He or she should not seek “easy does it,” but rather what is best for their lives as a Christ-follower. It is through the trials of fire that we experience the abundantly flowing cool and refreshing water of God’s grace that flows over us and keeps us from getting burned up by the fire. And though we may be tried for a long season, and the heat of the fiery flame cause us varying measures of discomfort or pain, the Lord has sufficient water of grace to cover us with and to sustain us until either the trial passes or we leave this world behind to join him in that far better place that awaits us…and where the fiery flame of trial burns no more.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
Amazed by his grace,