I am convinced that the reason I came to Christ is because of this later-discovered-to-me passage (it’s significance hitting me during a bright morning run on the Algiers levee after my original trip to Fraijanes, Guatemala in October 2015). 1st Peter Chapter 5 Verse 10. It’s meaning becomes all the more unfolded the older I get. And I love it.
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
- The meat and potatoes: Even the wind obeys Jesus who can calm a storm, but how much more fascinating that he actually calms THE CHILD. Whether you are a tornado child who touches down wherever your emotions blow, an anxious child who brews and blusters within, a rainy child whose mood needs the sun’s rays to dry their tears, an iceberg child whose surface emotions are just what meets the eye, God has the capacity to CENTER YOU.
- God wants you to be happy. Everyday. All day. Forever. He will perfect your faith. He will establish your faith. He will strengthen your faith. And he will KEEP YOU STILL.
- The rice and veggies: You WILL suffer, everybody does. The previous passage 1 Peter 5:9 says [sic] knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world [/sic]. But if you allow Jesus into your heart, you can change your circumstances. Suffering doesn’t have to be a normal state of being that we accept.
Some individuals, Christian or not, believe that their suffering is not so bad. All suffering is bad. And God wants you to be happy to whatever reverse degree you’re suffering. This verse gives so much inspiration to me that 1510 actually stands for 1 Peter 5:10. And On The Bright Side? That’s just catchy.