IF YOU HAVE A THORN, HOLD ON! IT SHALL BECOME A ROSE!!
It is for chastening that ye endure; God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father chasteneth not? But if ye are without chastening, whereof all have been made partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness. Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees; and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed. Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord: looking carefully lest there be any man that falleth short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled; lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright. For ye know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place for a change of mind in his father, though he sought is diligently with tears. (Hebrews 12:7-17 - ASV)
None of us regardless of who we are enjoys chastening. Not when we were young, not now whether we are teenagers, or seasoned men and women of God. Regardless of age, culture, religions preference etc. We feel that we are beyond chastening, especially after we have reach a certain plateau in our lives. As this world turns, we see and hear about teenagers, and younger siblings rejecting correction. However, as children of the most High God, we will never be to old to be chasten. How many of us realize that God does use others to chasten us, although we reject it. Digress with me for a moment and think back to the Bible days; let's use David. David was chastened for his behavior, yet, out of that came a rose. Look at your neighbor and tell them, hold on - your rose is coming. Let's look at our Lord and Savior - Jesus the Christ, it looked like for those who were watching; that His crucifixion could not possibly benefit or profit anyone. It seemed to be an impossible chastening that caused death on a permanent basis. However, that was not the truth - the Bible calls Him the rose of cherub. Every knee shall bow and He is great in all things. I wonder, what would have happened to us if Christ had decided, I will not stay on this cross and accept this chastening? Where would we be? or, Would there be a you and me? Let's take a look at Abraham and Isaac. I still wonder about the trust and submissiveness that Isaac had for his Dad. He allowed his dad to tie him to a tree and raise a knife to take his life - the Bible does not talk about struggle or rejection. He continued to love and trust his Father. Can we do the same? I will be the first to admit that chastening is not on my list of things that I desire. I pout, get angry, murmur, or shut down when I am chastened. Even though I know that it is for my good and all things work for good, I am sometimes not willing to wait to get my rose. How about you? I may not like it at the time, but, as with all things, we must learn to endure the good, bad, and ugly. The most important factor is this - we should desire to have the right attitude about our chastening - not thinking that we do not deserve it. We do not deserve grace and mercy either - however, God extends it to us generously every day. Since we know who allows the chastening and the fact that it is working for our good, we can endure it like a good servant. Beloved, whatever thorn we have or circumstances we find ourselves in, just know - our thorns are turning into a rose. !