CS Lewis on Grace and tribulation
God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.
This is thought-provoking. How do you get through something that tears your world apart without stain? I am reminded of our family crest. I have always loved crests and coats of arms and things like that. We used to have them displayed on our wall when I was a kid. The motto on one of ours was ‘Sans Tache’. Which means ‘without stain.’ It can be easy to let our circumstance change us. Indeed, I’m guilty of letting circumstances dictate how I respond to a trial, feeling angry or bitter, or deeply saddened when my plans don’t turn out the way I wanted them to. Yet, as a Christian I have hope. And unchangeable rock on which to stand no matter the storm.
He has armed us with His word to fight with in a trial. He has felt and understood the emotions we experience. he offers himself, for us to hold on to when it seems there is no hope and all we see is the darkness closing in around us.
And we can stand, we can fight, we can cling to him. and we can let Him change us and not our circumstances.