When you squeeze a tube of toothpaste, what comes out of it?
When you squeeze an orange, what comes out of it?
How about when you crack an egg or press down a bottle of perfume?
The best of what’s in there comes out: a fragrance, an oil, the juice.
In many things, the part you want to get to can only be gotten to by applying pressure, turning up the heat; that’s when you see what’s really inside.
That’s why it says in Romans 5:3-4 that "suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."
So let me ask you, what’s coming out of you when you get squeezed?
It says in Psalm 51:17, "My sacrifice O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, God, you will not despise."
And 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “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.”
When you're being squeezed and the pressure is turned up, don't pretend you got this. Admit that you don't and cry out to the Lord for help. God wants to show up for you!
He will do something beautiful in you, and you will know Him even better, if only you would trust Him in your brokenness.