Is it just me, or are there times in where trials come on like a rapid fire machine gun?
In just one week, we had one big car problem, a child taken to ER, our Internet went down, our phone lines went down, my new laptop fell to the floor dying instantly, and the next day our freezer went into a heat induced coma for twenty four hours, just long enough to thaw out all of the food inside.
The verse above speaks of the faith of Abraham who patiently endured.
Like a marathon runner, he took each step forward, no matter what the cost. His reward for enduring patiently was obtaining the promise and we all know that God’s promises to us are blessings in our lives that aren’t able to be measured, blessings such as; grace, mercy, faith, hope, love, peace, and joy.
By the time I was in the triple digit heat of my garage, filling garbage sacks of thawed out squishy food to throw away, I was starting to find the past few days events almost humorous. My teenage daughter was helping me bag up the deceased freezer items when I told her, “Meg, these trials aren’t going to get the best of your mom. These are only labor pains. I know the blessing is on its way. I am counting this all joy, honey.”
Meg looked at me as if I had two heads. “What are you staring at?” I asked, looking up from my squishy food filled sack. “Why are you looking at me that way?”
“Because mom, you have’nt sounded this happy all week. I am just surprised that’s all.”
I Was Failing These Tests
She was right. I had been letting the trials of the past few days bring me down, way down. I prayed out loud then, “Lord, I know the blessings are just around the corner. Help me God to endure every single one that comes my way. I am going to pass these tests Father, with flying colors.”
If my almost grown daughter was going to stand shoulder to shoulder with her mom through her latest freezer-trial, she was going to learn in the storm. Bending over her garbage sack, she just looked up at me and smiled.
After all, this is only a test.
- What problem in your life has you anxious for a cure? Are you waiting patiently?
- If your fears are keeping you up at night, or causing you to spend hours complaining to friends, confess all to the Lord and surrender them all for His peace. He gives it abundantly. Philippians 4:7
- Patience is a byproduct of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It’s one of many gifts we’ve been given. If you’re struggling with it today, take a little time and read this.