Growth is painful.
Just ask that tiny seed that gets shoved into the ground. Plunged into the darkness. There's no light - how can anything possibly grow here? Then that seed casing begins to crack open. More pain. Why is this happening? Nothing feels right. Nothing feels familiar.
But a shoot begins to grow. It pushes up through the soil. Eventually it emerges into the light and we see beautiful, fresh growth. But what did we not see? The darkness. The cracking. The most painful parts of the process.
Growth in our lives may feel very similar. Maybe we feel like we've been plunged into darkness. Maybe it feels like our comfort, our security is being cracked open. It's falling away. But maybe, just maybe, there is growth on the horizon if we keep pushing forward, keep moving toward the light.
It's easy to look at fresh growth in other people's lives and feel envious of those bright green leaves, of that fresh fruit they are bearing. But what you don't see is the pain of the process that has brought them there. And then when it's our time for growth, we question the pain of the process.
If you're walking through a season of feeling buried, or maybe you're in a season where there is a painful stripping away of your comfort or everything that feels familiar, keep moving toward the Light.
"In Him was life, and that life was the LIGHT of men." John 1:4
Growth is painful. It's a process. But when we keep our eyes on Jesus, when we keep moving toward Him, there is life and something beautiful on the other side.