Besides arriving on clouds, there is another way of the second coming of Jesus recorded in the Bible. We should investigate from two aspects so that we won’t miss out on the chance to welcome His second coming.
Little Bamboo Shoots’ Growth—Sufferings Are God’s Love
Spring was coming. The thunder was rolling and the rain was falling. In the bamboo forest, a cluster of bamboo shoots put out their little heads quietly and tried hard to suck the sweet dew of spring; others lived in a waste earthen house which is opposite to the bamboo forest. They greeted each other and always imagined their future together.
After a few days, the little bamboo shoots grew a bit higher. With the rise in temperature, the bamboo shoots outside yelled continuously, “Too hot! Too hot! We can’t endure it!” Then a fierce storm came. It made them stand unsteadily. The storm beat their delicate bodies. They couldn’t resist shouting: “Ouch! Very painful!” The bamboo shoots in the house heard their voice, saying with a sneer: “Why do you have to suffer like this? Living at ease like us is so much better and more comfortable! We don’t need to be battered by the wind and rain or scorched by the sun.” The bamboo shoots outside answered: “God created us and put us here, which is the need of our lives. Although we’re battered by the wind and rain, and have suffered a lot of trials, such environments make us grow strong.” The bamboo shoots inside laughed in disapproval. After more than a month, the bamboo shoots outside grew higher gradually. They looked green and strong, full of vigor. They rooted deeply and firmly and became much stronger. In the distance, there has been a bamboo forest! But the bamboo shoots in the house were still small, and moreover, they were wizened, yellow, and almost withered.
Only if the bamboo shoots go through the wind and the rain can they be much higher and stronger. Similarly, to gain success, we also need to experience some sufferings and trials.
Everyone will meet all kinds of troubles in their life. Some people encounter difficulties at work; some on the way to achieve dreams; some in marriage, etc. Anyway, in order to grow up, we must go through all kinds of ordeals, failures and troubles. Only those who are indomitable and brave in the adversity can enjoy the happiness of the success.
If we always escape these adversities and want to live in the comfortable circumstance, if we don’t experience these adversities and unhappy situations, we will be defeated by the troubles and failures in our life. And at last we will accomplish nothing just like the bamboo shoots in the house.
Only if we submit, accept and experience these sufferings and trials, and face every trouble bravely, can our will be much stronger and can we adapt to all kinds of circumstances better. They’re also arranged meticulously by God to edify us and make us cling tenaciously to life. It’s just like the Holy says: “The prosperity of fools shall destroy them” (Proverbs 1:32).
However, theoretically many people know that only if we go through these sufferings will our lives be wonderful. But in the, no one experiences sufferings willingly, and no one will take the initiative to request God to arrange sufferings for himself. Facing sufferings and trials, we always have many misgivings and worries. In fact, we have so much concerns, which is just because we don’t understand God’s good intention about permitting these sufferings to happen to us.
God’s words say, “God works on each and every person. Regardless of what method He employs, what form it takes or what tone He uses to speak to people, there is only one final aim, and that is to save you. Before saving you, He needs to change you. But can you change without suffering anything at all? You must suffer a little. This suffering can involve many things. God arouses the people, matters, and things around you to allow you to know yourself, or else He deals with you, prunes you and exposes you directly. It is like someone on an operating table who must undergo some pain—would it be possible for them to feel nothing? If every time God prunes and deals with you and every time He arouses people, matters, and things, for you it stirs up your feelings and gives you a boost, then this is correct, and you will have stature and will enter into the reality of the truth” (“To Attain the Truth, You Must Learn From the People, Matters, and Things Around You”).
Practically, the sufferings and trials arefor us and moreover, these are God’s true salvation for us. What God has done is to change us and purify us and the final goal is to save us. Now my understanding is shallow, but in the following life journey, I’m unwilling to worry about God’s trials, and willingly put aside all my misgivings to experience God’s work. I believe God will take the whole responsibility!
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