Through Smoke

Mt. Shasta

Sometimes the only way we can learn is the hard way.  I think we tend to avoid these lessons or even run from them when they confront us, but there comes a point where no more progression can be made until the hard lesson is faced.  There’s an old Zen saying that says, “Lean into the sharp points.”  I think we can learn from this.  We often run from the valley of death without realizing the treasure that awaits us on the other side.  Pain is a part of life and without it everything would be so dull.  Pain is necessary, but nonetheless very unpleasant.  I’ve been mad at God for creating a world with so much pain but I have gotten over it.  I have to, otherwise I’m just prolonging my own suffering.  It’s been a hard lesson to learn but so necessary.   I can finally see Him again through the smoke.


The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord


4 thoughts on “Through Smoke

  1. Pure Glory

    We were never promised a pain free life. There are times when we have to endure as a good solider. Other times we walk in the steps of Jesus and he definitely had pain and sorrows but it birthed the miracle of salvation and fellowship of his suffering. Thanks for a thought provoking post.

  2. lessonsbyheart

    I want a tattoo…just one. I’d like to have it placed over my heart. It will read:
    NO CPR…
    …I’LL SUE YOU! 😉

    Don’t slow me down. I’m looking forward to when this mortality is swallowed up by life! 2 Corinthians 5:4


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