And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. -1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

God gives us amazing learning and teaching opportunities through His children. My little boy’s been battling wave after wave of illness, probably caught from fellow classmates.

Finally, after trying every over the counter remedy on his symptoms, it was time to see the doctor. After determining the infection could be treated with antibiotics, he wrote us a prescription for it.

And, of course, it didn’t come in cherry or some other kid-friendly flavor, like the over the counter medicines did. My boy balked, ran, and even hid in fearful expectation of the next dose.

He asked why this new, yucky medicine didn’t taste good? I told him that sometimes the only medicine to get us feeling better wasn’t sweet…but we’d be stronger and healthier after we took it for the whole course.

And with that, I could see what God wanted to remind me of: that tough seasons and times may be the nasty-tasting pill prescribed for us to get us through to the other side. It’s too easy to want sweeter and easier, but life is sweeter on its own after we experience the bitter, harder road.

Today’s soundtrack

Laura Story’s “Blessings” poses the question: What if our blessings are in the raindrops and tears?

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