I think sometimes when I’m going through struggles or trials, or when the world around us seems to be full of discord and unrest, how nice it would be if everything was just going along smoothly…no hurdles to jump over…no detours or road blocks. But really, would it?
One of the things I do when I’m in down time like I am now, with this crummy cold I have, among other things, is that I think a lot. And by now, if you’re a follower or have been my friend long enough, you know that about me without me saying it. Well, tonight I got to thinking about that life on Easy Street that I’m yearning for in ways. Sure…it would be nice in ways. Like having plenty of money for example…paying the bills when they come in and being able to go visit family that I long to see…being able to travel across the world to places that I’ve longed for years to see…having a nice home and car, etc.
Then I got to thinking about athletes, like the ones competing in the Olympics right now. Their road to the Olympics was not Easy Street. They worked hard, sweated, ached, cried at times I’m sure…failed sometimes. And the payoff to all that sweat and hard work is a nice gold medal, or silver or bronze even. Or even just the glory of competing in this world competition, I think is a payoff in itself.
It’s the same with being a musician. I don’t play much anymore…hardly ever sing at all. And when I do, I sound rather lousy. My voice is weak and out of shape. If I pull out my keyboard to play, it sounds okay just to play, and I haven’t lost my ability to do so. But if I was to try to play the classical music, there would be no way I could do it. I’m out of shape and practice. It would take me hours to sit and work hard to be able to get back in shape again in that regard.
Those are a couple of examples, but really it’s true of anything in life. We have difficulties and hurdles and long, winding, mountainous, treacherous roads to travel at times. We’re bound to get tired sometimes and to want to lie down and quit. But if we don’t quit, we get strong. We learn and grow and become better. So then, I choose to be thankful for the long, winding road with scary lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) sometimes. 🙂 I’ll face those things and keep going.
I know a lot of you are going through some really tough things right now. My heart goes out to you, and my prayers are with you through it. But in the end, I hope that you can find a way to be thankful in the midst of this training time you’re going through…whatever it is…and that you come out with the gold medal in the end. 🙂
Love and blessings,