01 Sep Layers
Recently in a small group, we were talking about how the Lord disciplines us because He loves us (Hebrews 12:6). One person in the group brought up how so often, just when we think we’ve gotten to a pretty good spot in our spiritual walks, it seems that new testing comes, and new struggles from within are brought to the surface through which the Lord is able to discipline us.
The Lord brought something up in my heart. In my experience, this recurring testing, to me, is a reflection of the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord. Many of us, myself included, carry so many layers of struggles, pain, and sin. To the point that often we don’t even know how deep the layers go. But God does.
Every time we feel like something ugly & fresh is brought up from within us, or we are made to face one of our wounds, it’s as if God is peeling another layer off of us, refining us. And in my heart, I believe the Lord does this to prepare us for heaven. For that day when we will be with him face to face.
How jarring it would be if we arrived in heaven with all of our bulky layers. But by his good grace, he is refining us now, here on earth, making us a little more ready for perfection, a little more like Jesus, layer by layer.
And layer by layer, we taste a little more of heaven, more of true freedom here on earth.