Tough Times

I’d like, once again, to extend my apologies to you for letting my correspondence drop over the past year. I ran into several technical difficulties with the email and, not being a real techie, got discouraged. But my strength is renewed and I’m trying again.

We’re in a real drought right now in SE Texas that’s bringing record heat waves to our lives. That’s just a part of life. We do the best we know how to do and we pray… the rest is up to God. The Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust alike. I’d like to tweak that a bit and say that the heat comes to us all as well. But I have found that, as uncomfortable as it can be, when the fire comes, it can produce beautiful results on the backside of the burning.

Oysters that get grains of sand trapped underneath the muscle secrete a liquid that eventually produces a pearl, layer upon layer as a result of the discomfort. Coal under intense pressure produces diamonds. Gold and silver, in the fire, become more valuable as the impurities are burned out. Olive oil and wine bring great wealth to farmers and vinedressers, but only after the olives and grapes have been crushed. Real vegetation only grows in the valley; not the mountain. And you’ve all probably said at one time or another in your life, “No pain, no gain.”, as it relates to physical fitness.

The metaphors are numerous. The principle is singular. The truly good things in life only come from times of pressure and burning. I know that life is tough these days, but I encourage you to see the “fire” as your friend and not your enemy. If you’ll trust God with your life and take your concerns to Him in prayer, He is going to lead you through the tough place and cause you to come out the other side more valuable than when you went in.

Blessings on you today!

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5 Comments

  1. Good Word Kevin. Sometimes going through tough times is earth shattering. But your word here gives hope that the pain is worth the reward in the end.

  2. Tremendous comparison of the oyster. In every rhythm of life, there is a pearl of great price. I want to pay the price of living a life worthy of such discomfort. My hope is to produce true life giving richness from the shells that keep me bound. It’s my time to burst through my shell and into fresh water again.

  3. GOOD MORNING KEVIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT I APPRECIATE IT AND APPRECIATE YOU. GOD IS SO GOOD TO US SOMETIME WE AS HIS CHILDREN TAKE HIM FOR GRANTED, BUT I CONTINUALLY ASK HIM TO KEEP ME UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS AND TO KEEP ME DOING HIS WILL AND BIDDING. I THANK GOD FOR YOU BECAUSE HE IS GIVING YOU MUCH WISDOM AND COMPASSION, DON’T EVER LOSE THAT KEVIN BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MAKES YOU EUNIQUE {MIGHT BE SPELT WRONG} LOL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD THIS MORNING I WISHED I COULD BE ONE THAT FIND THAT CLAM WITH A PEARL, BOY, OH BOY WHAT A BLESSING. LOVE YOU HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

  4. Just what my spirit and mind needed to read. It’s been an extremely difficult couple of years…God is blessing…Love and appreciate you, Kevin. Keep the blogs coming. I really enjoy them.

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