According to the Law of Entropy, everything eventually breaks down. In fact, everything in the universe is fragile. Life itself is fragile. And yet fragility produces the pieces from which new life and new levels of existence are created. In death, there is life. And in suffering, there is joy. Through the process of hormesis, one can develop immunity and resistance to toxins and pollutants through small and repeated exposures to these offensive agents. Through immunization, one can develop resistance and immunity to diseases through exposure to attenuated pathogens or viruses. Some pain and suffering is good and make me better and stronger. Too much ease and comfort make me weak and complacent; and I wallow in mediocrity.
So it is in the spiritual life. There are moments of doubt and desolation when the Spirit seems like a ludicrous idea and leading a spiritual life seems like tilting at windmills. Even in moments of joy and consolation, I often get the lingering feeling that it is indeed a quixotic undertaking I am embarked on when living a life of the Spirit. But I hold on to the promise and assurance that was given to me that not a hair of mine will perish and that by endurance I will gain my soul.
“You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.”