It has rained foe several days now. In Florida, that really doesn’t happen tons. We get rain often, almost daily, but it is only for a brief time and we see sun and blue skies again. We are spoiled by this. Several days of rain and gray clouds in miserable to us because of the contrast to what we are used to and a turn from our steady source of vitamin D from the sun. But such is life. I whine to not see the sun. However, we needed this rain, being behind for thr month. The plants and trees and crops need this quencher. It will be gone soon, but it was just what they needed, and we people are not God’s only creation and reaponsibility.
When we get to a season of steady problems, regular issues one after another, it is easy to get myopic and think poor me or get angry or just depressed, but we are not the only one God looks after. He works on our weeknesses in our temperaments and molds us into greater faith and reliance on Him and answers all humble prayers, true. But there are others around us being worked on and loved on in different phases as well. And maybe they need you to go through some stuff so you can empathize and help them later. Our struggles are part of a bigger story and we are, through them, working on having a much better forever in eternity in just a little while. Heaven is next after this world and all its troubles are over. So I’ll take the rain and troubles and learn what I can. No worries. I have heaven to prepare for.❤
You know, as often as I have run into some sort of trouble in life, some of my own doing and some done to me, it never ceases to amaze me just exactly how I can bank on God getting me back out of it. God is a God of opportunity. He will always give us a chance to grow and learn and serve and start over and start again. Always these are there. It is easy to overlook these because when we feel like we are drowning under the weight of it our enemy wants us to believe there is no way and distracts us heavily. But if we take a chance on prayer and pray, God will allow us to see another option, an opportunity, sometimes blatantly and sometimes out of the corner of your eye. But I promise you that His opportunity is always better than the weight of the troubles you might be under. And the more we keep ourselves in a habit of prayer and reading His Word, the faster we can see His option.
There is a song with that name that my husband likes that I can never remember how it goes, but it is a very appropriate title for me right now. A lot of things are here banging me around, as is true of most of us these days. Some days are mental challenges for us, a few are physical ones, but all are full of ups and downs of various sorts and to various degrees. It is unnerving if we start believing the lie that we are all alone going through it. We are not. We have a caring Heavenly Father who has a lot of clout and a lot of love for us and is with us every time we humbly ask Him to be. Every single time. Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Sometimes we ask without really the humble part. Sometimes we can focus on ourselves and our feelings, too much self focus, and we lose the focus on God that we need to have. When we start just focusing on one attribute of God that we appreciate and thank Him for it, praise Him for it, worship Him for it, read about it in His Word, etc., then we are meditating on Him. He blesses that. He also removes the negative thinking we were stuck in and lifts our view. Then when rumbles and tumbles come into our life, we are on God’s even keel. We can have His peace as comfort and His companionship as encouragement.
When confronted with inevitable trials, the stronger the better, we see people’s reactions and can see exactly where that person’s heart is. You see very little about a person’s internal workings when they are winning or all is going well for them. I believe, as this life determines the outcome of the next and is really just test after test, that we have the amazing blessing of an opportunity to prove our worth in God’s kingdom by our response to troubles. If a person has no troubles, we should pray for that person because they are about to have some. Good people and bad people have troubles just the same. If we keep in mind that the response we have to these difficulties determines where we will spend eternity, we will then have the healthy perspective we need to prosper through troubles of any kind. We have great examples of this in the Bible. We have David with Saul, where David’s lack of retaliation was in stark contrast to his being pursued unjustly. We have Paul and Silas who met with false imprisonment with singing and beatings with songs of praise. We have Deborah, who rose up to lead an army when their leader wasn’t man enough. We have us, when we meet with any injustice or turmoil. How will we be defined in our troubles? As a quitter? As a coward? As a bully? As a resentful person? As bitter or envious or cruel? As triumphant? We certainly have a lot of options. So, how do we decide our response? What can help us? The simple and profound answer is and will remain a close personal walk with God and firm grasp on His big picture, outlined in His Word, faith in Jesus as our Savior, and constant conversation with the only One bigger than any trial or even anything we know of the universe. Our knee jerk response is to handle it ourselves with our human tools. This is foolishness unless we are bigger and more powerful than our troubles. Chances are, we need help. If we can humble ourselves long enough to see that, God is released to work the trouble out. In fact, He goes a step farther and promises to help us when we ask Him for it. Wonderful stuff. So troubles not only show the world and ourselves what kind of relationship we have with the Divine but also grow us closer to Him by seeing Him work. Trials get us closer to heaven when we allow God to help us with them and they get us closer to God when we see His faithfulness and power and love for us.