Isn’t God supposed to be good? Isn’t He supposed to love us? Does God want us to suffer? What if the answer to that question is, ‘Yes'”? I suggest to you that it is because God loves us that He makes us the gift of suffering.
I’m not sure that God wants us to be happy. I think He wants us to be able to love and be loved. He wants us to grow-up. We think our childish toys bring us all the happiness there is and our nursery is the whole wide world. But something must drive us out of the nursery to the world of others and that something is suffering.
You see, we are like blocks of stone out of which the sculptor carves forms of men. The blows of His chisel, which hurt so much, are what makes us perfect.
Lewis referred to this life as “The Shadowlands”. The place where we see the shape of the promise but not its substance.
I am caught between the world I live in and the world to come. There is beauty in both, but only in Eternity will my heart be at home.
Right now, I am Living Between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection