Perfect Circumstances

God’s purpose is not to perfect our circumstances.
His purpose is to perfect our souls.  Sometimes our imperfect circumstances–ones that weigh heavily, ones that sting, ones that dig deep–are loving given by God to make us saints.  We are perfected only through lots and lots of grace, and it is never our own merit.  But the Sermon on the Mount makes it abundantly clear that God wants our perfection!  And that comes at the price of a life that suits us, a life that goes the way we want.
    As soon as life detours and becomes not at all what we imagined, it is so wise to think: “Oh!  I get it!  God is trying to re-shape my heart in some way!  What is He trying to build up in me?”