“’God is asking you to go through some dark places for love of Him. But though you may seem to stumble much and even at times to fall, yet you are doing all He asks of you when you continue to say “Thy will be done,” even though you have to force yourself to say it. He is without question calling on you to suffer somewhat for Him, and I suppose it is ever the case with us all that we think we could endure so much more easily everything except that which He wants us to endure.” (Hughson, Shirley Carter. The Spiritual Letters of Shirley Carter Hughson. West Park, NY: Holy Cross Press, 1953, p. 3.)
Endurance involves an unchanging circumstance of some sort that I would not have chosen or do not enjoy. I don’t use the word “endure” about pleasant or welcome things. In the hard places, my love for Jesus has an opportunity to be tested. It’s easy to love when things go according to “my will be done,” but when they go against my wishes, I can say, “Jesus, I love you more than I love my preferences. I love you more than I love getting my way. Your kingdom really is better than mine. Enable me to wait for the fruit of your kingdom in this situation in which I find myself.”
What are the endurance places in your life these days? How might this be the unexpectedly perfect place to express your love for Jesus?
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