We all are led through a maze of circumstances in our lives: circumstances that can hurt a tender heart in the moment.
But – when we forgive, it surprises the recipient in an amazing way – and our ability to extend said forgiveness probably surprises ourselves even more.
When we must change our plans, we brace for the worst, and then often find ourselves in the place we never thought of, but need to be in.
When we are hurt, we want to hide; grant ourselves self-pity, but when we choose “no excuses”, we grow and stretch.
So look at all of your bumps, bruises, and wrinkled plans, tender heart.
Do you resent them?
Because I think they produced grit, and yet grace.
I think they handed you maturity, and the ability to show mercy.
I think they gave you perspective.
And probably the most shocking thing of all – that you didn’t even realize they did?
By the Grace of God, they made your heart more, not less, tender.
Unpleasant surprises have a way of reversing themselves into producing creative and beautiful results within you.
It’s kind of like a wonderful form of living and ever-working art: the process of God guided growth in your tender, learning heart.
You might call it inspirational, wonderful – even beautiful.