The events of life can take us out suddenly, or grind us down slowly. Adversity may come suddenly and tragically like a bushfire, or an aggressive cancer. On the other hand we may be ground down slowly, routine things sap our joy, and we retreat into pity for ourselves.
In a strange way, unwelcome to us, the Spirit of God can use the sadness and weariness of our lives to lead us into deeper trust that our true life is with the resurrected Christ.
This is dying to ourselves. It best happens before the bushfire or disease takes our physical life. Dying to self is a blessing of our daily, sometimes wearisome grind. “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:2-4)
It is my prayer this Easter that you may be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12) Because Christ lives, we can face tomorrow!