Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
This past week the Pastor asked me to replace some boards on the swing in front of the church. Two boards were completely rotten due to prolonged exposure to the weather. Those boards had been through rain, wind, thunder and lightning, and ice and snow. It would be safe to say the swing has been through a lot. So I made my run to the Home Depot, purchased two boards for replacement, loaded them into the car and headed off to the church. I arrived at the church and began the work.
As I started replacing the two boards I noticed that the fit was a little tight. I pulled out a pry bar from my tool bag, and as I began to apply pressure, the board I was using for leverage crumbled. I couldn't see with the naked eye the fragile state of that particular board, but the pressure made it clear that the board was in need of replacement.
During the storms of life God often allows us to feel the pressure of the trial or temptation. Not for the purpose of hurting us, but rather to reveal the weak areas where work needs to be done. The swing was not destroyed it just needed a few repairs. The swing was still a swing, and just because we fail, or make mistakes doesn't mean we aren't Christians. It just means He is still working on us.
Remember, you may be under some pressure right now, but God will soon reveal to you, through the pressure, weak areas that have gone unnoticed. And you will be stronger because of it.
Pastor Todd McClain