When my kids were little, there was an inflatable toy made to look like anther person. It was weighted in the bottom so that when you pushed it down it would pop right back up again. It entertained the children for a while, but they became frustrated after a time, because the thing never stayed down. Maybe that toy had some influence on their work ethic in the years to come. It showed them that no matter how many bumps or bruises we take in life, we can always get up and start all over again.
After a while though we often get more than frustrated when the punches keep coming. We feel sort of like a punching bag that has seen better days. Our exterior is wearing out. Our insides are weakening. Eventually all the air comes out of us and we’re flattened. We can patch the holes and restore the surface, but all that punching is bound to have an effect on us.
For most of us, blow after blow changes us. We can become sarcastic, uncaring, hard skinned, victimized – or we can bounce back up and start all over again. A strong woman will live this way. If she is a Christian, she has an outer armor that protects her from all those obstacles. This isn’t to say, because she’s a Christian, life will treat her better, but with that protective shield she will be able to treat life a lot better.
Her resilience will display itself in her faith that God will restore her, rebuild her, renovate her and renew her. She has learned to rely on her creator through prayer, the Word and worship. You certainly can’t have a better defense against the battles of this world.
This life is temporary. There will be struggles. Even if you possess great wealth there will be problems. I believe that God allows those issues into our lives to draw us closer to Him – to convince us that He’s in control of everything – to refine us into the perfect life which lays ahead.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us; Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2