“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering” (Romans 8.17 NLT).
I trained hard to be an MMA fighter. I had injuries upon injuries and layers of sore, sprained and hurting muscles. However, when I left the gym and went home, my pain took a backseat. When I stepped in the world of my children, I was no longer a MMA fighter – I was just mommy. My kids did not have the ability to understand and digest the depth of faith I was walking, so I did not burden them with the hardships God required me to overcome. I gave my heartache to God and to the few people He gave to me for support. Our faith deepens through trials. Just like Job, we discover more of God’s character when we find ourselves stripped of worldly comforts and vulnerable to His heart. As we walk deeper into our crushing that triggers the awesome glory of God, we need to shield the fullness of our journey from those who will not understand it. I know that someday I will share with my sons and daughter everything that God showed me during my time as a MMA fighter, but my stories will wait until they are ready to handle the crushing that goes with the glory.
God, I know that Your crushing is a precursor to Your glory. I have faith that once my trials are done, I will experience an abundance of Your presence from glory to glory. Remind me, though, that others will not understand the crushing that I’m experiencing; and I can’t expect them to walk down this road with me. And I can’t expect myself to fully embrace the crushing of another. I pray that You give us grace to rely solely on You when walk by faith alone. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.