Monday, December 28, 2015

Creating Callouses

Have you ever had a callous? When I first started lifting weights, I quickly noticed how torn up my hands would get. Often, the pain of my flesh rubbing against the rough metal would overpower the pain of the actual exercise and make me pause for discomfort. Then, I discovered lifting gloves. Those gloves are like miracle-mittens. I can lift for hours straight without any noticeable discomfort on my hands. However, I still have callouses. While the gloves may be a buffer between my hands and the rough dumbbells, those dumbbells still leave a mark.

In my journal today, I wrote down a verse from Isaiah that made me think of my callouses. God spoke to Isaiah words of encouragement as His people were readying for battle.

"Fear not, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my right hand of rightness and justice." — Isaiah 41:10

God's basically telling His people that they can count on Him to support them through difficulties. Because God's Word is living, it can be applied to us today. I felt like God was telling me that although I go through seasons of struggle and heartache, God is with me. I can count on God to be a buffer between me and my pain, so that I create callouses, marks left behind from the struggle. Those same callouses, like the ones on my hands, make it easier to walk through that same pain the next time, with less discomfort.

You see, the callouses are not only reminders of where we've been and what we've come through, but they're also our own buffers against the pressures of this world. Once you've made it through one hardship, if you face it again, you can walk through it with less heartache than before because God's enabled you to create callouses. I feel like this is just one of the ways God promises to help us through whatever storms we face in life. He never promised that life would be easy, but He does promise to be with us and share the load.

So, in your efforts today in the gym or in life, remember that God is always with you. He wants you to need him. That's why he allows us to go through pain. In our weaknesses, or even simply in times when we cannot fix the problem around us because of our limited human abilities, we can rest in the assurance of knowing we were created to go through it with Him.

In the past, I've had a hard time resting in that assurance. What I've learned is that resting my spirit is just as important as resting my body. The unwinding of my mind helps me to remember that I can't achieve anything on my own, but that it's only by the grace of God, do I do anything of significance. Sometimes, it's as simple as closing my eyes, whispering "Thank you, Jesus," and claiming his victory in my mind.

I pray that you find that peace, because if you know Christ, it's already inside you. He instills that in us when He comes into our hearts. It's up to us to find the time to rest in it, and often, walk in it, choosing to remain joyful no matter what circumstances are around us.

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  2. yes having faith in God is exactly what eases our lives and it is His blessings that make things possible for us. It is this humility that will make us successful in this life and the after.


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