Driving around the parking lot I became annoyed that there was not a closer place to park. After pulling into a stall that was quite far from the gym entrance, I huffed in frustration that there was not anything better than the place I had found. As I walked briskly in to make my morning Zumba class, it struck me that I was being ridiculous. Truth was the further the parking space the more exercise I would get and wasn’t that the point? I was going to the gym to get exercise for my otherwise sedentary self. And, though it’s true that my “Fitbit” would record many more steps parking at a distance, I realized in that moment that I often want the easy way.
It’s true in many areas. I am attracted to quick fixes, 30 day promises and boot camp mentality. Let’s do this, but let’s do it fast! Unfortunately fast is only applicable to a few things in life. Most things follow along the path of two steps forward, one step back, until we get to our destination, whatever that may be. There is no easy way out, just grace to get us through.
The same is true with the spiritual life. When I look back over the hard seasons in my life I can now tell you confidently that every hard produced some lasting good within me. Every hard, though not appreciated in the moment, has shaped me into a different kind of woman. An increasingly more authentic version of who God planned for me to be.
If it had not been for the pain of divorce, which I hated every part of…I would have never learned the miracle of forgiveness and grace. If it had not been for the hurt in friendships, I would have never experienced God healing the deepest place in my heart. If it had not been for a cancer diagnosis, which I want no one to experience, I would not have had to learn to trust God with just about every aspect of my life….You get the picture.
Hard produces heaven’s fruit of growth. But, I just want the easy way out of my situations! The easy way would have my problems gone in a blink of an eye, and plenty of growth from the quick blink. But, that’s not how it works.
If you are in a season that you are sick and tired of, be encouraged today, that God is doing something and friend there is probably no easy way out, you are going to have to trust God through the hard to get to the other side.
Here’s truth to hold on to in the hard:
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times. There is more here than meets the eye.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Message
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV
So today let’s just embrace the daily life and it’s sometimes long path to our goal of change and growth. Let’s thank God when our “parking space” or situation is way too far from our destination…and let’s thank God that there is no easy way out but there is grace to make it through.
Blessings to you my friends!
I am trusting in God’s route for me too…
PS. And those 30 day plans….I think they do have value when we realize they are just a step in our journey and not a quick fix. That is why I write 30 day plans and monthly guides. Every day counts! #nomoreeasywayout