This is the month to share my dear friends. February needs friends, don’t ya think? I invited a few of my new blog friends to stop by and share their words with you. I surely believe you will love them as much as I do! I couldn’t think of a sweeter and more faithful friend to kick this friendly February month off than Meredith, from The Mom of the Year. Read on and be touched, blessed and inspired by her words…
Rounding Off Corners…
Anyone else ever feel a little edgy? And by edgy I mean “edge-y”, as in full of sharp corners and edges. This would be okay, if it didn’t make rolling through this life so darn hard. Smooth spheres roll, prickly, pointed cube-like shapes don’t.
Gah. The thing of it is, life is hard. I don’t say this lightly. In the past 18 months, my family has had a share of challenges. While my father recovered from major heart surgery, my dear grandmother died. Then my 2 yr.old son broke his femur bone and was body-casted for 6 weeks. As he learned to walk again, we had an influx of very unexpected financial needs, and then experienced the very sad death of my mother. In the midst of all this, my daughter was born and my sister got married. These were wonderful blessings, but it’s been a very full year and a half.
I used to get really grumpy with all of this, and to be honest, many days I still do, but lately I’ve been realizing something. With each hardship, my sharp corners get rounded off a bit. It’s like one of those sweetly smooth stones you find on the beach. As the waves beat the stone and it grates against the sand, it just becomes…softer. Those stones are beautiful and precious. They seem to fit so perfectly in our pockets.
Paul says in Romans 5:3-4 (NIV): “…we also glory in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope.”
Pain and suffering are never fun. They aren’t meant to be. But they are meant to grow us. Shape us. Mold us. God puts each and every circumstance in our lives for a reason, to form us into the person on this earth that He intends us to be.
I’m human, so I could never enjoy going through many of the events of the past months, but I am thankful for what they have produced in me. I am thankful that they have developed my character and anticipate the hope that is to follow. I love that some of my pointy edges have been rounded out and that I’m finding it easier to move through my days. It’s a little less tricky to roll with things and just “go with it” when my sharp corners aren’t holding me up. Just like the smooth stones that fit so well in our pockets, I’m finding it a little easier to fit into this life.
So I’m taking “glory in my suffering” and giving thanks for rounded corners.