It has been one of those weeks.
The kind of week where on top of all your work, two stray six week old kittens end up in the bush by your office. and you end up taking them home. and paying $300 in veterinary fees.
Yup. You know that kind of week.
But this isn’t about me. This is about one of these kittens. After taking these little kittens up in my arms, I promptly named them Rosko and Roman (sounds like boy names but they are girl kittens). After getting them home I took them to the vet for a check up. He gave them the all clear, and gave them some worming tablets to rid the system of any bugs. That night, for the first time in their lives, these two kittens got to sleep in a warm bed, sheltered, with proper kitten food and fresh water. The next night something sad happened. Rosko started staggering around, walking into walls. She was losing her equilibrium and couldn’t see/react to anything in front of her. I took her to the vet to find out what was happening. The worming tablets were killing parasites, but because these parasites were near her brain they were causing inflammation, which affected her neurologically.
It was just temporary and today she is ok. She is on her feet, jumping around and eating well.
Sometimes, when we are on the verge of something good, things get just a little bit worse.
It is never the easiest thing to fix our eyes on Jesus – especially when things are hard. And more often than not it seems when we make the call to give everything to Him, crap really hits the fan. It feels like this time of hardship will never end.
I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
However it is important to remember that in the midst of the hardest thing, there will come a time where we will be over that hurdle. And in this moment, the one where you feel like you are staggering, remember that for every valley, there is a mountain. Remember that Jesus is with you now, in this moment. He knows it is hard. He knows it will be challenging – yet He reminds you that the best, HIS best is yet to come.
There was suffering before resurrection.
Death before life.
Hardship is walked through, lived in, and experienced. All through the bible. And in every instance it refines the individual, and it brings them into the new place God has planned for them.
Being patient in suffering only lends itself to drawing you ever nearer to the best that Jesus has for you.
And. It. Is. Good.