Being content is one of the hardest things to do. At least, I know it is for me! I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for the next thing… waiting for a husband, a baby, or an adoption to name a few. We all look forward to what is to come, what might be, or what we wish would be. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with hoping for good things and good futures, but what about the right now?
Our church ladies and some friends are reading through a book about contentment. This contentment is primarily defined as a deep satisfaction with God’s will. We’ve only delved in as far as the first chapter, and I know this road on contentment isn’t going to be easy and it will never end, but I’m looking forward to having rest and peace in my heart. I like how the author compares it to a path, where we are not alone, and that we get pop quizzes where we either pass or fail but we continue down the path. We have to practice contentment so when those pop quizzes show up, we are ready for them.
Life is full of really difficult trials for some women who suffer with miscarriages, infertility, and infant loss. There are so many questions as to what’s wrong with me, why me, why is God doing this to me. But knowing that God is doing this for us, and not to us, is a correct perspective. Knowledge that contentment is going to help us get through our trial is almost a relief. “Understanding this helps us read what is happening to us as designed by our good Father who is growing us up in Christ. Difficulties are not for nothing. They grow us. And this growth is faster when we are stewarding the difficulties with contentment.” Being content isn’t going to happen overnight or after a simple prayer. It’s going to be work, and it’s going to such rewarding work because we will find rest there.