I love the book by Warren Wiersbe, “The Bumps are What You Climb On.” In it he says, to paraphrase, that sometimes even the road God has you on is ordained and anointed with bumps.
Did you catch the word “anointed?”
Adam and Eve had it easy. And they had a choice. What if their choice is our blessing? We get to experience those bumps so that when we have it easy, we truly exult in that rest. I want to appreciate the rest, the seasons when I am seemingly given everything without any bumps. When I get to heaven, I want to run, leaping and squealing with delight at the reward ….it’s a reward. I am not saying heaven is my reward, for that is nothing short of a gift given by the mercies of My King Himself. No, the reward is in my full understanding of the greatness of the gift.
No bumps - no appreciation. No understanding.
So, fellow life-travelers, take the bumps and CLIMB them. Do not run away. Do not throw in the towel. What if your reward is on the other side of that bump? Get some hiking shoes. Dress accordingly. Fuel appropriately. And hydrate well.