"There is only one road to true human greatness: the road through suffering.”
Suffering is the last thing we want in our lives. We ask God to remove it from us, to make the road easy, to keep us from it. But God allows us to go through these trials for our own good. At the time of suffering it seems incomprehensible how anything good can come from such pain. It feels like God has abandoned us or us punishing us. How can a good God allow ___? Why does He allow me to suffer this way? And yet, as Albert Einstein tells us, it is precisely this pain that makes us great. It is only with the lenses of eternity that we can see the good from the pain. It is only after the storm subsides that we can see the rainbow. During the downpour , you can't see any beauty. You only feel the cold of the storm, the fright of the lightning and the not knowing of what comes next, how bad is it going to get? Will it destroy me?
Of the people I most admire in this world, I can find the common denominator of great suffering. What could have destroyed them didn’t. What caused such unspeakable pain, has made them triumphant. To be able to see the rainbow after growing up neglected, abandoned, abused is nothing less than Grace. To watch a loved one die from Cancer- Amazing Grace. I still cannot comprehend nor will I ever know how a heart that hurts so much from this great pain can continue to beat. Yet it does. It can even experience joy again. So if you're going through this pain today, take heart. You will be able to experience a rainbow again, someday. Not today, but at the end of the storm. Battered and weary, you can look up to sky and know that our Heavenly Father is the one who tells the storm when it should pass. He summons all the rainbows and He mends all the brokenness in our hearts. May God shine His face upon you today and give you the peace that surpasses understanding.
PS. I have finally, after 5 years, put together the before and after of our new home. I will post soon.