Sometimes I think pressure gets a bad rap. We hear the word and automatically think of it in a negative context, for example, “I’m under too much pressure” or “that person is putting pressure on me.” Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly bad pressures in life, but I believe pressure can also be a good thing when we allow it to produce something in us.
When we are under pressure, we have a choice. Will we stay soft, stay teachable and stretch into a new space?
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul writes,
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That us why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
When I’m under pressure, overwhelmed or even heavy hearted, there’s a moment where I get to choose to look up and put my faith in God. Just like that, I can open the door of my heart to Him. It’s also a chance to open my mind to him again and suddenly you often sense the breath of Holy Spirit and the peace of being in His presence. In that space, ideas become unlimited because we have our eyes locked on the God who has no limits. What could be more inspiring than Him? Looking to God gives us a new perspective. Moments with Him lead to songs, ideas, strategies and fresh innovation that pushes past the expected. The kind of work that creates a wide open space for God to move in and be glorified through. The kind of work that is so obviously Him. The kind of work that brings Him glory.
So let’s allow our pressures to turn positive and produce new things in us, leaning into the power of Jesus and allowing Him to work in our hearts. Who knows what good things might happen through our lives as our pressures turn positive.