Everyone faces trials. It’s just part of life. In order to be a well-adjusted person, we need to face them head-on and learn all we can from them.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
You might be thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute? I’m going through a crisis here, what am I supposed to learn from a crisis…since when is that a teachable moment?”
Well, since the beginning of creation.
We are always asking why bad things happen to good people; why did this natural disaster happen; or why did our loved one have to die?
Our answer will always be I DON’T KNOW. Only God does. He has a greater plan than any of us can possibly imagine.
But the good news is and always will be that WE ALL FIT INTO HIS PLAN. We all have a purpose in His plan while we are here on this earth. That purpose is to use our gifts to help others.
Sometimes we don’t always listen to our parents when we are younger, or let’s be honest, when we are older. We need gentle guidance. Other times, we need a little more than gentle guidance to get our attention.
God will sometimes (but not always) use trials in life to get our attention; and then to focus our attention away from ourselves and back on Him.
Other trials are just a part of the fallen world we live in. They will be with us until Christ returns.
Trials, though they may seem difficult at the time, keep us from other dangers we never saw coming. With perspective, we can often look back and see how God worked in our life to move us from one place in our life to an area of safety as we faced a trial.
We all face trails of many kinds. I don’t often talk about my personal life on my blog – I know, this is very strange for a blogger, I’m working through my introvertedness – but I’ve dealt with a few very difficult months with my illness. I move from one flare right into another and it’s difficult to move around comfortably. That’s why I haven’t been as active on social media and the website.
I have several tests scheduled this week. If I’m being honest, I’m pretty nervous about them. The first one is today. I’m being tested Multiple Sclerosis. Something that was discussed early on in my illness, then forgotten. The doctors believe it to be a candidate now because of some symptoms.
I also have a lumbar puncture scheduled for later this week. In addition to these, I’ve had multiple rounds of blood work. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate needles. Each one of these involves needles. Not just one, but usually 2-4 sticks because my veins don’t cooperate. I’ve even had a port-a-cath implanted in the past because of veins collapsing.
I’d love for you to join me in prayer this week.
During a Trial
This week will be difficult for us. It will test our faith. But the testing of faith is never a bad thing. God is always present during trials. If you cannot hear Him; if you cannot feel Him, you need to be still and quiet your mind and your surroundings. He has not left you.
Be still, and know that I am God
You are in control of your circumstance. Your circumstances are not in control of you. Don’t ever go it alone. Fellowship with other believers who can walk with you during your trial. They will help get you safely to the other side.
What trials are you facing today? What prayers do you need?
UPDATE: Thank you so much for your prayers. My tests have all come back negative. The tests performed with the lumbar puncture are certainly ones you don’t want to discover anything positive. They would be life-changing.
Keep the Faith,
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