Life is a beautiful struggle—a statement that could not be more true. Beautiful as each day, each moment, each breath is, struggle is always creeping around the corner. We are never fully at rest. Never fully content. Never fully satisfied because there are always things holding us back from the ideal world our hearts yearn for.
The concept of the beautiful struggle reminds me of this: "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Beautiful in time.
Eternity on our hearts.
God's unfathomable works.
We struggle and yearn because we were made to desire more than the everyday. Should we practice contentment and thankfulness even though our hearts long for more? Always! After all, thankfulness is the root of true faith. I don't mean to say that we should ignore the here-and-now, but rather that we need to alter our mindset.
We struggle all the time, but this isn't the end of the road. What we yearn for is something that will eventually be fulfilled. We see small glimpses of beauty here in this life (new babies coming into the world, flowers blooming in the spring, elderly couples holding hands and gazing lovingly at one another), but one day all things will be redeemed, refreshed and renewed by the loving power of the One who made it all in the first place.
Life is messy, but also beautiful. And what's ahead is more than we beautiful than we can imagine. So let's savor each small gift of beauty we get—using each one to help us power through in our struggles—and remember that the best is yet to come.
What small glimpse of beauty have you seen recently?