Count it all joy when you fall into various trials. James 1:2
We glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
I don’t know about you but I have a hard time being joyful when the trials seem to be so daunting. The car accidents, the broken dryer, the sprinkler system that is hemorrhaging water, the list of aging ailments: eyes, teeth, joints, that seems endless… Growing older is not for sissies. God however, invites me to count it all JOY!
I can only truly find the JOY if I step back and realize that I am made of perseverance, which does indeed bring me to new levels of character. If I can smile through pain, be present to others and continue to be the person God calls me to be when I am struggling, it not only encourages others to deal with their own struggles but helps me. Hope is ever present among those who persevere. It is never easy but looking past the day to day inconveniences of rental cars while mine is in the shop, time spent in doctor’s offices and rehab that used to be focused on more productive efforts and being blessed by the those who serve me creates a chain of goodness that makes me realize I am where I am supposed to be.
God finds a way to turn goodness from the disastrous. He uses every situation to move me closer to Him. I can only see the tiny miracles if I take off my blinders and realize that if I glory in my tribulations I will indeed see how far I have come.
Today, is a day that God has made, Let me rejoice and be glad in it! Bemoaning has ever changed anything, Perseverance and Character do! Hope is my ever present guide amidst the struggles that I face. Lord, help me to always remember that is nothing I cannot overcome with You.