Some days feel harder than others. We can feel like we’re barely holding on one minute to the next. We wonder why we have to go through it, and what possible good it could do. It is difficult to take a step back to see the bigger picture. However, we are not guaranteed an easy life. Yet, if we pray and trust in God’s goodness, we will be given the graces to endure a hard one.
When it comes to suffering, it is not always easy to understand, and even harder to explain. And yet, I think that suffering can be understood like investing money. We are told that investing our money is a good thing and leads to even greater rewards. While we know this is true, we often have no idea where our money is going and how it’s multiplying. Furthermore, when someone asks us why we are investing, and what our money is doing, we have a hard time explaining the details. Even if we have seen the success and financial gains of others who have invested.
In the same way, we know that suffering leads to a greater good, but we don’t always know what that good is. When someone asks us why we have faith that our suffering is leading to a greater good, all we can do is point to the good that has come from Christ’s suffering or the suffering of others.
So, while we might not always see the big picture, or know exactly how our lives are affecting other peoples, we must have faith that our suffering is an investment for our souls and the souls of others. An investment in which the stocks always goes up and our fruits are always multiplied.
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29
Suffering is investing for the final retirement. Every time we invest, we feel like we are losing out on money we could spend right now, but we do it anyways because we know that by offering it up, we will be rewarded that much more in the future. In addition, we make dividends on what we invest while we are still alive, in the form of diverse blessings and perspectives that God gives us from our suffering.
So, while I feel like I do not have as much to spend right now, you better bet everything I have invested is going to go towards a huge retirement party.