Last Friday I had a fun evening with friends visiting, cooking hotdogs and s'mores over a fire. When it got a bit cold out the younger ones were given permission to go in and watch a Pilgrim's progress video and the conversation that followed that had me laughing. One of the little girls protested that there were scary parts in the movie.
She was told, "That's ok, just fast forward through the scary parts."
Of course as you probably all know, Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the Christian life so I commented that it would be nice if we truly could fast forward through the 'scary parts' of life. Wouldn't life be so much easier?! But, as I was reminded by the others we would miss a lot of important stuff by skipping ahead including growing in grace, and learning from trials. As Psalm 119 says, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." or as we heard in a sermon on 2 Corinthians 4 ""For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." A reminder that God is glorified best in our weakness. That the light of Christ is best seen in our brokeness. So I suppose I should stop wishing for that remote control:-) and trust that the Lord is doing what is best - even in the scary parts......:-)