Have you ever been at a point in your life where you’ve faced one disappointment after another? One broken dream followed by another? A constant downpour of trials, day in and day out? If you’ve said yes, know that you’re not alone because I’ve been there too, friend!
Just last month my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. We went to a local restaurant for a simple dinner because that’s all we could afford to celebrate our occasion. As we sat there chatting about our lives together and all that we’ve experienced, we couldn’t help but discuss our life-altering trials. From the chronic and debilitating illnesses, to the loss of our home and business, to the persecution from others because of our faith, it was a wonder we were still standing and doing so together.
Looking back in my mind to our wedding day, I asked my husband if he had any idea that life together would have ever been this hard?
His reply, “No. But I wouldn’t want to experience life with anyone else.” Aww, be still my heart!
Being that I was a relatively new Christian when I got married, I was completely blindsided when a trial came my way. My initial response to a trial went something like this,
“What just happened, Lord?”
As the years and trials continued, this became my response:
Why is this happening, Lord?
When the downpour of trials continued, this became my response:
What do I need to learn from this, Lord? (And help me to learn it as fast as possible so the trial will end!)
As my spiritual growth continued and so has the trials, this has now become my response:
How are you going to use this trial for your glory, Lord?
It’s taken me years to have this spiritual perspective. Ask me why, I really don’t know. I guess I’m just slow like that.
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