Sparkling water swirled, generating a powerful current that created a vortex in the center of my grandparent's swimming pool. My grandfather led the way while my siblings and I all followed him, propelling ourselves through the water to create the whirpool.
Once the current strengthened, I couldn't resist turning around in the water to swim against the surge. Oh man, what a futile effort. Or so it seemed. Though my little body swam hard and fast, I usually ended up going backwards, smacking right into my grandpa. With merriment in his voice he'd say, "Come on, you can do it. Keep going!" Then the water would whip me further backwards while I struggled to make progress. It seemed futile and pointless, but I never gave up.
Our lives can feel the same way. But the resistance that we find irksome can bolster us if we allow it. Swimming against the current is hard, but God uses the hard things in our lives to strengthen us. By summer's end all those years ago, my muscles had increased and I could go faster and further than before.
Disappointments, hurts, sicknesses and other trials are all forms of serious spiritual resistance training. Instead of complaining about flexing our spiritual muscles, we can listen for the voice of God as we struggle, telling us, "You can do it! Keep going!"
By season's end, our muscles will bulge and we'll be further along than we ever thought possible.
"Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice." Isaiah 41:10
How about you? Are you currently in resistance training?