Sometimes we feel like the gray slush on the sides of the road after a snow storm. Our insides sink to the pit of our stomach and waves of hurt throb through our chest. We feel, well, gray, trampled on, and pushed aside. Like slush. We’ve all been there; we’ve all felt that pain. Whether it was inflicted by a friend cancelling plans, a fight with a significant other, a family member saying harsh words, or even by ourselves, we can all relate to the feeling in some way.
If you’ve somehow escaped that feeling your whole life, then I advise you burst that plastic bubble you’re living in and get out there. “What?” you ask, “You want us to feel this slushy-way?” My answer is yes, at least once in your life you should feel that slushy-way. Pain is a part of life. It’s a part of growth. We get disappointed and we grow from it. We hear some ugly words and we grow from them. We let ourselves down and we grow from it. It’s like that cliché saying: “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” Cringe worthy, I know, but still true.
So when you’re feeling like gray slush, know that it is okay. Know that it won’t last forever and it’s an opportunity for growth. Know that God works through pain and weakness and is molding you in every step.
“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” James 1:2-4