We grow up in church and the recommendations are to pray, read your Bible, attend regularly, get involved and to share our faith with others.
We usually struggle and feel guilty regarding our lack of competence in at least one of these areas. And therefore think of ourselves as being a little less than others. We carry a sense of failing God too.
But then great catastrophe can strike us such as relationship or financial disaster. In so many ways we no longer measure up to our former image.
And so we have to start again. It's actually a journey of rediscovery regarding one self. Who is God and what does He desire of me. I'm no longer what I was
The result is that God loved me as I was and loves me even now. I don't have to behave or perform in any certain way.
Hardship is a prime opportunity to move beyond immature ideas into greater faith and character. Some disasters, are a catalyst for learning perseverance, steadiness and hope.
Who among us wouldn't prefer an easier life but through hardship we discover the reality of God.