I look around at my small corner of the world, and I wonder why God doesn’t just fix the looming darkness and brokeness immediately. Why hasn’t God lifted the curse of “thorns and thistles” (Genesis 3:18) that’s become part of the fabric of life as we know it on our planet? I just stumbled upon a great explanation for this in the book The Emotionally Healthy Church.
We may have been built to engage the earth and to work, but now frustration and failure will be our lot. In essence, the ground will be hard. Thorns and thistles will mark our work. We may reach our goals and accomplish thing, but we will never feel completely satisfied. A sense of restlessness and incompleteness will always accompany our work on earth. In this life all symphonies remain unfinished. Why does God do this? He releases the curse in order to drive us to our knees and to seek Him, to recognize our need for a Savior (Gal. 3:21-25). The problem is rather than be broken by the thorns and thistles of life [and then choose to seek God] we either flee, fight, or hide. – Pete Scazzero