I love finding smooth stones and sea glass on the beach.
It's amazing how being tossed in the ocean waves and thrown repeatedly against the shore can make rough, jagged edges smooth.
When we cooperate with God in times of difficulty, we're like these stones. Our trials smooth our rough spots, sharp irregularities and uneven edges.
The process is hard. No one likes being beaten against the shore and sucked back into the ocean depths. It hurts, and sometimes it's scary. But the changes are invaluable.
And things are less scary when we commit ourselves to the Lord's purposes (Proverbs 3:5-6) and trust He'll use our difficulties for good (Romans 8:28).
"Endure hardship as discipline...No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:7,11
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