Strolling in the Green Grass on the Other Side of the Fence…

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Mother Eagle builds a nest.

First weaves together thorny branches. Then lays atop soft filler.

As baby eaglets grow the space gets smaller.

Reluctant to leave, Mother Eagle begins to remove soft filler.

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 Eaglets cry as thorns poke and prod and they try to get comfortable in the nest.

Mother Eagle continues to remove the soft filler until all that is left is a nest of thorns.

Finally when the pain is too much, the eaglets begin a new journey learning to fly.

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How easy to try to plop down in a mud puddle of “maybe this is all life has to offer”….

How easy to try to live avoiding all the growing pains of life…

But this is nothing more than hide and seek living when you are always the one hiding.

Pain pushes us out of the comfort zone and brings us to a new plateau.

And by His grace the “grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” becomes the green grass we find ourselves strolling in.

Pain and the realization of hope go hand in hand.

If we choose it.

“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Rom 5:5

Transmit or Transform…..

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 First steps after an injury…

so tentative.

Fear mixed with “what ifs”?

A push needed beyond our feeble strength.

Our will infused with the Divine encouraging us forward.

Be it physical, emotional, or spiritual pain.

Pain….

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One can transmit it….

Broadcasting all to join into the pity party of “I give up”, “Woe is me”, “No one has ever had it worse”

or….

One can allow the pain to transform…

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 Stretching the whole of the person in the reality of Hope.

Pain can become the leaven that allows the dough to rise.

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Pain can become the impetus for the rising to new life.

Pain and resurrection…the two really do go hand in hand.

It’s a choice.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead….In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials.” 1 Peter 1:3, 6