Sunday, December 5, 2010

Suffering & Happiness...

Does God want us to suffer? What if the answer to that question is yes? The fact is, I don't think that God particularly wants us to be happy. I think He wants us to love and be loved. He wants us to grow up. You see, we are like children who think that our toys bring us all the happiness there is, and that our nursery is the whole wide world. But something has to drive us out into the world of others, and that thing is suffering. Put simply, pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world. We are like blocks of stone from which the Sculptor carves a form. The blows of His chisel which hurt us so much are what make us perfect.

~C.S. Lewis

4 comments:

  1. Amen! Thanks for posting, Mrs. Seifert; it was encouraging to hear this. :)

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  2. I'm glad you are encouraged by Mr. Lewis' words, Breanna. :) I am as well, especially this line: "The blows of His chisel which hurt us so much are what make us perfect." To which I say both "ouch" and "thank you."

    Thanks for commenting. :)

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  3. It is so true! :) We can't ever understand the pain of others unless we ourselves have a similarly painful experience to empathize with. It can be so hard to understand and accept our situations at times when God sends trials our way, but it seems they always push us closer to Him.

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  4. What a comfort it is to know that He works all things for our good and His glory!

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