Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout April & May (and beyond) I have dedicated to guest writers. Today’s featured writer, Jason Wert, is a fellow blogger who has committed this year to “stepping out and seeing what God can do” when you place your trust in Him. With vulnerability and honesty, Jason shares the highs and lows familiar to us all when we purpose to following God’s plan. You can read more on his blog, The Mustard Seed Year.
Interest in submitting your own guest post? Email me for more information!
First, thank you to Melissa for the chance to share on her site. I told her that putting my words on her site is guaranteed to cut her daily readership in half but she took the chance anyway!
Since I’m not a mommy blogger and I’m not usually a “ha ha funny” blogger I wasn’t sure what I should write that didn’t completely shatter the tone Melissa keeps so effortlessly on this site. Should I try to be light hearted? Should I be real with life and perhaps bring everybody down?
I decided to try and split the difference and celebrate being the first person to use the phrase “royally sucks” on her site.
I’ve been walking through some things and a friend suggested to me that it might be God showing his love for me in disciplining me. He brought up Hebrews 12 with a focus on verse 6:
“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (ESV)
I had a laugh when I read it because of the first thought that hit my brain: Sometimes it royally sucks having God love us that much!
Am I the only one who gets tired of being disciplined when I don’t know why it is that I’m being disciplined?
We always have the knowledge we’re being molded to being more like Christ but we all also want to see some purpose for that refining; becoming more like Jesus means less when that change is kept only to ourselves. Our refinement has to be for changing the world and reflecting Jesus to that world.
So it’s frustrating when we are walking through the fire of refinement in our lighter fluid soaked underpants and it seems like there’s no purpose to the refinement. We want to know that purpose. We want to know the WHY.
That’s when God says we only need to focus on the WHO. Who it is that’s refining us. Who it is that’s preparing us for something that He is setting in place for us. Because no matter the trial and no matter the purpose the One behind it all never changes and is never in question.
Have you ever felt frustrated in a trial because it seemed to make no sense to you at the time?
Jason is a Philadelphia sports fan and NASCAR junkie. He is an avid writer and enjoys long drives in the Tennessee countryside & the Natchez Trace Parkway. He currently lives in the Nashville area with his wife Amy. He has three kids that keep him on his toes.