Pushing uphill...

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)

There exists a divine mystery in suffering. It has a strange and supernatural power and has never been completely understood. No one has ever developed a deep level of spirituality or holiness without experiencing a great deal of suffering. When he who suffers reaches a point where he can become calm and carefree, inwardly smiling at his own suffering, and no longer seeking God to be delivered from it, then the suffering has accomplished its blessed ministry, perseverance has completed its work. And, the pain of the Crucifixion has begun to weave itself into a crown. (Archbishop Francois Fenelon 1651 - 1715)

The Last Word:

It is in this experience of complete suffering that the Holy Spirit works many miraculous things deep within our souls.

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. (Psalm 138:8)