While carrying a very heavy package today I thought, “I wish I had help with this package.” However, my next thought was,”But, if I did, I wouldn’t get the workout and, duh, my muscles really need some tone.” After that, I had more endurance and less discomfort with the task. Pushing myself had a purpose.
Same with approaching difficult psychological loads, isn’t it? “Thanks for the strength training. I obviously need to get stronger,” helps much more than, “Why me, God?”
For some this brings up the age-old debate of being dependent on God vs. being self-reliant. Formerly, I thought these were contradictory concepts. Now I believe when we are dependent upon God, we have signed up for serious strength training to find out how powerful we really are.