Some of my favorite things about my wedding day were all of the imperfections. That may sound strange to many, but I promise, it’s true. The things I remember the most were the things that didn’t go as planned.
Despite all of these and a few others, none of it ruined my day. They were just bumps along the way.
Fast forward to this past month. I would love to share all of the before and after bathroom remodel pictures as promised in my last post; unfortunately, there have been lots of hiccups along the way, like my wedding day. Every task seems to be taking twice as long as we thought. One project leads us to another unplanned one, aka trim in the bedroom. And the biggest one yet: the vanity top was delivered with two different colored sinks!
In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t that big of a deal. It just delays the full usability of our bathroom for at least another week.
Definition of resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
As I reflect on this idea, I keep thinking about the part in 2 Cor 12:7 where Paul says, “So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.”
Paul endured much suffering for the Gospel. No doubt, he wanted everything to go according to plan. I don’t think having a thorn in his leg was part of that plan. But it didn’t prevent him from moving forward. In fact, he points out how it benefited him to have it.
We are guaranteed trials and “thorns” in our flesh. Some are much, much bigger than others. But I believe we are afforded the smaller inconveniences and splinters in our everyday life to practice resilience.
So by God’s grace, I’m going to choose to remember the bathroom remodel imperfections as moments allowing me to recover quickly so that my resilience muscle is ready for the greater difficulties still ahead!
February 16, 2021