All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. ~Pope Paul VI
The Grand Canyon is growing 0.4 mm/year if you imagine it growing at a constant rate. But, of course, it isn’t. The Grand Canyon suffers from earthquakes and volcanic activity. It has seen major flooding in its long life. Some floods may have changed it in as little as ten hours. During other seasons it wore away at a minuscule rate.
Do you ever feel like the Grand Canyon?
All of the relatives are getting along, then Aunt Cathy dies and everyone wants a piece of her stuff. The fighting and bickering that ensue damage the family and Christmas is never the same.
Your child received perfect scores all through Elementary school, but now in Middle school the grades are falling, the attitude is changing, the language sets your teeth on edge, and no one wants to be in the house with her.
You loved your job. The boss was perfect, so understanding and congenial. But she was promoted and her replacement is the meanest snake in the pit. You hate your new boss. You hate work. You’re even beginning to hate your co-workers.
Jesus gets it. He’s been a solid rock beaten by the winds and scorned by the rains of Satan.
His ministry began with healing and teaching and praising. God was on his side. He was baptized and told so.
. . . the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22 NIV
But that “life is good” moment was met with fasting, thirst, fatigue, and temptation.
Satan went after Jesus with everything he had.
And when Jesus didn’t succumb?
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 NIV
Things got better for a while.
The relatives came back for Christmas. The daughter kissed her parents and hugged her sister. The coworkers held a meeting and worked out all the problems.
But sometime later . . .
The flood came crashing over the lava walls and in ten hours chaos reigned. That’s the way of Satan. He doesn’t give up, just waits for a more opportune time.
But that’s OK, because Jesus said,
. . . I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 ESV
JESUS doesn’t leave for an opportune time.
He stays forever fighting beside you.