None of us like trials or hardships, but these are the things that God uses to drive us to His side and teach us more of Himself. This powerful quote from Elizabeth Elliott’s A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God’s Mercy and Our Pain is something someone shared with me and I wanted to share it with you.
“We cannot make ourselves holy. But when we surrender ourselves to the Lord, learning day by day to treat all that comes to us with peace of soul and firm conviction that His will governs all, He will see to our growth in grace. He will so govern the events in our lives, down to the smallest detail, as to provide for us the conditions which may make us fruitful. It is not for our sake but for the sake of others. The beauty of the flower is not for itself. It offers itself to God’s sunshine and rain, gives its fragrance to any who pass by, but it must wither and die before the fruit can be produced.”