Hope you all got a great weekend like mine.
I went to a married and parenting workshop. And one thing that stick on my mind of what the speaker said was: don’t protect your love ones from the hardship they are going through. Be there for them and help them to conquer it. Because as Christian we believed God is teaching us something or refine us through tough time. Think about it, if you protect them, meaning you undone what God is trying to do with them, are you smarter than God?
In my q-time today, I read a writing about how the wood from ships not only survived for hundred of years but also improve in quality because of the harsh weather, differing cargoes, straining and twisting of the sea and chemical reaction by the sea water. The woods that once was part of an old ship now become stronger and beautiful, that attracted the rich people to buy it and put it in their luxury living room.
I think of my parents (especially my mother) are like the shipwood. They went through many hardship in their life, Raising up 6 troublesome kids (especially me), went through married problems, hard times by relatives, challenges at work, but yet they turn out as happy and wise old couple. They are not rich or living in a mansion, but still help us to go through our tough times, they love and care for their grandkids, my dad wrote his autobiography and my mother share with me a song she create from meditating psalm, they always helping people and active in the church program, and most of all they always praying for us. I am so proud of them especially when I see some grumpy old people, who always have problems with their kids, taking sides and complain about the past. I am so grateful for my parents and wanted to be like them when I am old.
Every living person will have some kind of hardship in their life. It meant to mold our character and refine us to become a better person. But the outcome will depend on each and every one of us. If we learn the lesson, we will end up in God’s living room, but if not…..we are broken by the storm of this world!