There are days…no seasons…when I have to seek a higher Rock. Those times can feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. But when I recognize Who truly is my Rock and Redeemer, I’m no longer in that hard place, I’m both set upon the Rock and sheltered by Him; i.e. The Rock of Ages. My circumstances may not feel better, but my focus changes and they no longer are the big issue I thought they were. Not that God has forgotten about them, nor asks me to. He just grows my faith in His sweet and personal love that He will shine through it for those who have eyes to see and cause joy even in pain. He gives beauty for ashes. Everything is transformed in the light of His grace into something with His beauty stamped all over it even in our weakness.
Just as flowers are more prolific on the plant that has been through a season of winter. drought or stress then on a plant that has been over indulged with rich nitrogen, so we are more fruitful for Christ when our roots have been forced to reach deeper, then when we aren’t stretched by our circumstances.
Oswald Chambers puts it well in the May 14 devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest”, ‘The only thing that will enable me to enjoy the disagreeable is the keen enthusiasm of letting the life of the Son of God manifest itself in me….If God puts you there, He is amply sufficient.”
When I think I’m being pressed beyond what I can do, I remember 2 Cor. 12:9, “’My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”