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!






Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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