Have you ever seen a rock tumbler? A rock tumbler is used to change rough rocks into smooth, polished stones. This is how a rock tumbler works. A rock is placed in a tumbler that is filled with small particles of sand and rock called grit.
The tumbler is turned on and the rock bounces around with the grit for several days. This process is repeated two more times. Finally the rock is smooth and shiny. If a rock doesn’t rub against the grit for a long time, it won’t become a polished stone. It will just stay rough and ugly.
We are like rocks. Life’s troubles — sickness, family problems, financial problems — are like grit. These situations help us to grow and depend on God more. Peter talked about this in 1 Peter 1:7. “These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Christ comes.”
Keep focused on Jesus. He will help you be patient and stay strong. Jesus will allow life’s troubles to change you. Your faith will grow, and you will be more like Jesus.