Light comes at the expense of the source that provides it. An unlit candle does not shine, for burning must come before the light. And we can be of little use to others without a cost to ourselves. Burning suggests suffering and by nature we try to avoid pain.
We tend to feel we are doing the greatest good in the world when we are strong and fit and when our hearts and hands are busy with acts of service. So when we are set aside to suffer, when we are weak, or sick, or in so much pain that our activities have ceased, we feel as if we are no longer of any use and are accomplishing nothing.
But if we are patient and submissive, it is almost certain that we will be a greater blessing to the world around us during our time of suffering and pain than we were when we thought we were doing our greatest work. Then we are burning, and shining brightly as a result of the fire. -Adapted from Streams in the Desert
The glory of tomorrow is rooted in the drudgery of today. Many people want the glory without the cross and the shining light without the burning fire, but crucifixion comes before coronation. -Mary Butts
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Do not long for the absence of problems in your life. That is an unrealistic goal since in this world you will have trouble. You have an eternity of problem-free living reserved for you in heaven. Rejoice in that inheritance which no one can take away from you, but do not seek heaven on earth. Begin each day anticipating problems and ask Him to equip you for whatever difficulties you encounter. -Adapted from Jesus Calling
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine. -Lyrics from Glorious Day by Casting Crowns