A white-knuckle week?

I hope you have a great week. I often say that at this point and I always mean it, but I think that a great week can be quite a subjective thing. For example, to some, a great week is a trouble-free week: no calamities or traumas, no problems or tribulations… just an even keel of tranquil calm… bliss! Others may see that as rather uneventful; way too lacking in adventure.

While I’m sure no one really relishes a life that consistently has all the hallmarks of a white-knuckle ride, I’m convinced that the Bible teaches us to prepare for challenge and states that we are by no means exempt. The apostle Peter wrote to the early church, ‘For a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ (1 Peter 1:6,7)

I wonder if a week that is empty of obstacles to overcome really is ‘great’ after all? Maybe a week that has called us to step up in faith and rely on God’s help to get us through is far more valuable in our spiritual walk, and therefore of greater worth?