Life is like a Durian 生活就像榴莲一样

For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(2 Philippians 4:11-13)

Durians are in the air! Can you smell them? Happy times. Do durians have a season? Some say yes. Others say no. Depends. If you mean are durians available for sale all year round, the answer is almost certainly yes. But we know there are times of plenty, and periods when they’re rather scarce. Life is a bit like durians. Thorny spikes are never completely absent from daily life, more so at some time than others. Paul saw life as a journey where both highs and lows, or plenty and lack always co-existed: the durian saga! But in Christ we are overcomers in any season. He said: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!” What is the secret?

Firstly, see beyond the thorns. Recognize the thorns if you can for what they are; this is a D24. That’s a Mow San Wang. If you can see the reward beyond the thorns, you won’t give up when they prick and cut you! You’re focused on the unseen! God will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28). Your eyes are on the coming reward.

Then smell its fragrance (yes, fragrance!). Stop and…smell. It sharpens your sense in the yet unseen. Often when we stop awhile in tough times, we hear the Spirit speaking to us. No kidding! Now run the back of your fingers over the thorns. Feel if the fruit is fresh. Some “new” trials are really the same old ones. Discern and overcome them.

Now open the fruit. Enter into its glory and reward! How? Not by brute strength with an axe or a machete. They destroy the fruit. Turn the durian over. Do you see the lines of dehiscence? They are the “lines of grace” With every trial, God provides His grace to overcome if you can see the blind side. Use a small penknife, a screwdriver or dagger, and hey presto! A twist of the tool opens the treasures. Oh! The glory, fragrance, and taste of heaven! Life is a durian, not a box of chocolates. And God is our grace giver!

我无论在什么景况都可以知足,这是我已经学会了。我知道怎样处卑贱,也知道怎样处富足,或饱足,或饥饿,或有余,或缺乏,随事随在,我都得了秘诀。我靠着那加给我力量的,凡事都能做。
(腓力比书4:11-13)

空气中正飘散着浓浓的榴莲香!您闻到吗?每当这时刻,大家都感到雀跃万分。那榴莲是有季节性的吗?有些人说,有。也有些人说,没有。看情况。但如果您问,一年四季都可以买得到榴莲吗?那答案是:几乎是肯定的。但同时我们也清楚知道有些时候的产量的确很多,而有些时期实在是稀少。其实生活就有点像榴莲。棘手的尖刺从未在我们的生命里缺席过,有时甚至在某些时候里会更多。保罗认为生活是起起落落,或是富足与缺乏并存的旅程,就像榴莲的传奇故事。但是在基督里,无论在任何的人生阶段里我们都可以胜过。祂说:“我靠着那加给我力量的,凡事都能做!”究竟是什么秘诀呢?

首先,我们必须学会去看见尖刺背后的原因。如果可以的话,尝试去认清那尖刺到底是什么。这是D24。那个是猫山王。如果您可以看见藏在尖刺背后的奖赏,即使它刺到或割伤您,您也肯定不会放弃!因您正专注于那未曾看见的!我们晓得万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处(罗马书8:28)。您已把眼神锁定在即将来的奖赏上。

然后,去闻闻那香气(没错,是香气)。停一停…闻一闻。它会使您的感官对于未看见更明锐。当我们在艰难的时刻停一停,我们便可以聆听到圣灵向我们说话。不是开玩笑的!现在,把你的手指背放在榴莲刺上。去感觉那果子是否新鲜。有些‘新’的试验事实上和旧的一样。把它辨别出来,然后战胜它。

现在,让我们把果实打开。进入它的荣耀和奖励!怎样打开呢?不是使用蛮力或斧头以及大砍刀。因为它们会毁坏那果子。把榴莲倒转过来。您看到果实裂开的纹吗?它们是代表着每个试炼的‘恩典之纹’。如果我们看得见背后的意义,我们便发现在每一场的试炼里,上帝都会供应恩典来帮助我们战胜它。只需用一把小刀、螺丝刀或者匕首,嘿,你看,行了!只需使用那工具扭转一下,珍宝就打开了。哇!那荣耀、香气和天堂般的美好!生活就好像榴莲,而不是一盒巧克力。上帝是我们恩典的供应者!

Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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