It helps us understand--valleys truly do become mountaintops...and during struggles KNOW that on the other side will be HIS GLORY! Reminds me of Paul's words about being thankful in suffering...the key word being IN. We always strain so hard to get out of suffering when we are closest to our LORD while we are IN it. NOW, to a funny....."Measure thy life by loss and not by gain,Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth.For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice,And he who suffers most has most to give."
Jesus and Satan have an argument --"Who's the better programmer. " They agree to hold a contest--God will be the judge. They set themselves before their computers and begin.
Typing furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen. Seconds before the end, a bolt of lightning struck taking out the electricity. Moments later, the power is restored--God announces that the contest is over and asks Satan to show his work. Satan is visibly upset and cries, "I have nothing! I lost it all when the power went out."
"Very well, " says God, "let's seehow Jesus fared." Jesus enters a
command, and the screen comes to life--vivid display,an angelic choir poured forth from the speakers. Satan is astonished. He stutters, "But how?! I lost everything! How did he do it?!"
God chuckles, "Jesus saves!"