“Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says–‘I cannot stand anymore.’ God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands” (Oswald Chambers).
That’s awfully deep for a Monday. It’s hard to go from weekend vegging to having to think real adult thoughts in just 24 hours. That’s why Monday is the least favorite day of the week (or whatever day follows a holiday).
But these words by Oswald Chambers aren’t just deep. They’re true. They may be your experience in this very moment. You may feel stretched and strained beyond your ability to endure, but God knows and sees and end that is beyond even your ability to dream about at this point.
As much as the aiming process feels like forever, it’s not. Don’t abandon the process because of temporary discomforts that will lead to eternal joys. Whatever the pain feels like now, it will be forgotten when the blessing comes, much like a mother isn’t thinking about the agony of childbirth when she holds new life in her arms.
Trust the process. Trust God. Believe that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes with the dawn.