It’s always worth noting when we’ve learned lessons. After all, learning is something that waxes with age though the physical body may decay. The old adage “The more you know, the more you don’t know” describes learning so well because it is a perpetual process of growth. However, learning lessons and growing from mistakes is another case altogether. Upon making a mistake, we either trivialize it and move on, and thus deny ourself the learning experience because we didn’t take the time to care about how our mistakes might have hurt those around us, or we take it to heart, suffer quietly with the results of that mistake, and end up having the experience ingrained in our memories. It is this second outcome from making a mistake that can really show us God’s love and mercy.
Once that mistake becomes important enough to us to affect the way we even see regular occurrences and interactions with others, it takes hold of our point of view and mangles it, engendering a desire to never come across that mistake again because of the struggle that came in tandem with it. It’s easy to talk about learning from our mistakes, but the actual process of it is a mix of introspection, fear, and hyper-sensitivity to similar situations that may arise. Often, shame and guilt, even lack of self-forgiveness, come into the equation, clouding our outlook on life. However, God’s grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is at these low points of our lives where we have difficulty believing that we are capable of any good that God works restoration within us to show us that He has a designated time and place for us to be, and His sovereign will is in all things. His infinite grace avails us, and it is ultimately up to us to receive it or not. His love shows through the times when we weather storms headed our way because He knows that we will make it through with Him by our side. In a sense, His love is like a hurricane in more ways than one; it is so overwhelming that we have no choice but to feel it and experience it. It is also like a hurricane because after it has ravaged the location, a time of rebuilding occurs, and it is this time of rebuilding that should be more precious to us than the many blessings He showers us with.
As it says in a David Crowder song:
“He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.”
It is only after surmounting the storm that we realize and understand how great His love is for us.