In ballet, people only get to see the beauty of the dance, the elegance, class, sophistication and glamour. What most people miss are the strenuous days of hard work and training. They don’t get to see the bruises and the blisters. The pain and the bleeding. They have no idea how hard it is sometimes. How painful it is. They never know how much hard work a ballerina puts into this. But because of the passion that burns within her, she never throws her hands up in the air and say, “I quit!” She knows that for as long as she is doing what her purpose in life is, giving up is never an option. Because she knows that behind all the pain, hard work and training, a beautiful masterpiece is about to unfold—the finished ballet piece and the character that’s being moulded within her.
Similar to our lives, people may only get to lay their eyes on the outcome of what the Lord has called us to do. We tend to focus more on the picture but miss the beauty of the process. More so, most people barely see what happens behind closed doors, what happens during the arid and desert season of our lives where only God is our witness as we tread our journey in the wilderness. And this is where He actually does the best works within us. When we are all alone in the wilderness, and you have nothing to hold onto but His presence and purpose in your life.
In our struggles, in the wilderness, in the darkest valley, in our own battles with ourselves, sometimes, that’s when God exposes our character that doesn’t align with His own. This is where He does the most strenuous yet most beautiful training and moulding for our character. This is where He picks up every piece of us that is unlike Him and shapes it into becoming more like Christ. This is where He does this process of moulding us into becoming the person that He created and designed us to be. The process could be frustrating. It is formidable. It is unpleasant. It is painful. Painful to the point that it breaks every part of you. But if you remain faithful, focusing on Christ alone, trusting Him in the wilderness, you’ll be granted the privilege of seeing the “authentic you” unfold. And it will be worth every pain, it will be worth every tear. Thus, you come out stronger, tougher, braver, all set and ready for the next battle.
So if you are in this season of your life, my friend, please just hang in there. Endure the process. Trust God in the wilderness. Because at the end of the road, all your hard work will soon pay off. God saw your pain, He heard your cries. You have the blessed assurance that He is always with you. And in this, He will be glorified! So keep going! Keep pressing forward! For you are about to enter your Promised Land!