Lord, bless us in the evening hour, and in Thy Mercy heal us all.
Do not think that suffering is the only path into My Kingdom. There are sunlit glades, and ways amid the loveliest flowers, along which the steps and hearts of men are drawn to Me. There are birds and laughter and butterflies, and warm, life-giving summer air, and with these tender companions and friends, the Joy-Way into the Kingdom can be taken.
Bleak, cold, and desolate, briar-beset and stony, are not all the ways. Leave all to ME. The choice of way, the guidance in the way. But when the sunlight calls accept it gladly.
Even in the Spirit-World appreciation results from contrary experience. Can the fireside of home be more dear than to the traveler who forced his way over bleak moor and through blinding storm? Take to your hearts this word of cheer. He "will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
The world is not the Kingdom. "In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Live with ME, the Conquering Christ, and the Joy and Peace of conquest shall be yours too.
While reflecting on this devotion today, so often I have over looked the fact that I am quick to call on God when things are rough - but overlook him when all is well. I recognize the need to be intentional realizing that God also creates the sun and the calm. And in the sunlit times the Kingdom of God is glorified.
I pray for SON filled days:)
GRACE AND PEACE!