I’m not really turning 35 this week. I am not a single mother with three children. I am not estranged from my mother. My father did not die earlier this year. I have never been on welfare, nor was I ever a juvenile delinquent. My life has not been cycled through what feels like a blender, once or twice, leaving my mind, body, and spirit feeling defeated.
This is only a test..
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I am a complete work..
No matter what my life’s circumstances seem to look like, the statement above remains true. God already sees us a complete work. Nothing God does is imperfect, before we came into earthly existence he knew us.
imagine that; being formed with the purpose of performing perfect tasks, created in a perfect image, to supplement a perfect kingdom on earth and eternally. If we as humans could grasp this concept, this beautiful imagery, and realize that we are not existing merely for ourselves, but for a kingdom purpose? Our approach towards life, the way we view ourselves and others would be magnified.
So while a rough season your life in may seem like a “test” it is not a pass or fail. God wants to see you through it so that you will be equipped to do the tasks he created you for. He is molding you into perfection. Imagine that.
- In praise of feckless, scrounging single mothers (newstatesman.com)