Do you know what my greatest fear is? I fear pain; I dread discomfort. Physical, emotional, spiritual discomfort—I recoil at the thought. I believe that it is in human nature to hate pain, because, at its basic level, pain is usually an indication that something is amiss. When we feel pain, we instinctively want to identify and eliminate the cause. However, the lesson that God has been teaching me is that pain can be used for good.
My disposition was tested this fall when I discovered that I would be teaching, by myself, a thirty-hour course in a single week. Talk about pressure and discomfort! I wanted to run away. Of course, that was not a viable option, so I had to choose another plan of action, which was to begin preparing with much prayer and supplication. God says in His word to count it all joy when trials come, because it produces patience. As the preparation advanced, I felt secure in the knowledge that God loves me, that He would supply all my needs, and that it was all going to be worth it in the end. Armed with that perspective, I had fun preparing and teaching the classes to five bright students. God miraculously protected my voice, energy, and enthusiasm during that week, proving to me personally that He is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. God used this stressful situation to prove Himself and to grow my faith. I’m still a work in progress, and every so often the dread of discomfort assails me. But my perspective is changing, and instead of seeing hardships as the enemy, I want to see them as an obstacle course carefully crafted by God to call out the antifragility in me. How about you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live a life that is antifragile in all situations? With God, you can! Chrysendrea Lee, Curriculum Developer
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