A reflection on the book El Camino de Santiago by Maan Garcia, CFC FFL Fulltime Worker. El Camino de Santiago is a book written by our Servant General, Frank Padilla.
It is infinitely easier to quit than to endure suffering. It’s easier to watch TV than to take night meetings in the community. It is easier to do what we want to do with our life than to kneel before God, turn the reins over Him, and wait patiently and expectantly and sometimes agonizingly for Him to lead us. It’s easier to quit following Jesus Christ than to go through painful process of daily surrender. It is easier to listen to those little voices telling us, “You’re tired”, “Why not stop serving”, “Quit right now”. We may as well admit it – it’s almost always easier to quit than to endure. It is trials in life that made us quit easily than enduring the mission. We give up on God’s mission.
But some areas in our souls can only be reached through suffering. We spend a lot of energy to avoid trials, but we actually ought to thank God for them. Trials in life make us wounded person and we all want to run from it. But the Lord reminded us that how can there be growth if there is no pain. We can only grow in the midst of trials. When we endure suffering, the good news is that we become like Christ. We have to ask ourselves if we are willing to pay whatever the price in order to be like Christ. There are areas in our lives that God can do only through suffering. Don’t resent the suffering God bringing into our lives. God did not spare His own Son. May we learn to obey even if it hurts. May we learn to embrace pain because when we embrace it, it speaks of our love for Him. Showing His wounds was brought to love. Christ’s cross embraced with love never leads to sadness but to joy. Jesus was not afraid of death. He was not fearful of suffering. He knew where He belonged. He knew His placed is in the Father’s love. Sacrifice, suffering and selflessness are crucial to becoming a missionary of God.