Have you ever grown little seeds in your home? I love to do this because it fascinates my kids to no end! They just love to check on it every day. It’s hard work for these little seeds to grow. And they are dependent on water and sun to keep growing. They cannot progress without help.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 12 versus 7-10, Paul is talking about how he was given trials(a “thorn”) after having seen an amazing vision.
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Paul came to understand the “why” of having trials and challenges. It is so that the power of Christ may rest upon us. So we can realize to whom we depend for true strength while we are on this earthly journey. And he realized the importance of being glad. Having perspective brings joy and gladness.
I often find myself asking for my trial or challenge to be over with. Some challenges are momentary…like every light is red on your way to pick up your child and you were already running late. And others are more long lasting, such as waiting for a child to be born, waiting for a job to be given, suffering through illnesses, hoping a child will choose a better path.
One thing I have found is that when I am faced with things that are hard, and I have those days where I realize I keep asking God to take it away, I need to search the scriptures for people like Paul. I need to read books, blogs, talk to people who have triumphed, pray for a change of heart.
Now I don’t always succeed- who does? But it seems like as I have gotten older, my hard days where I just feel SO BURDENED by my challenges are fewer than my days where I feel like I can let God lead the way. I’m learning that I can let go of my anxiety- accept that I’m not in control- and have faith that God has something amazing for me down the road. I can put my worries on the back burner and try harder to focus on the present.
When we allow ourselves to admit we are weak, then ask God to show us how to be strong, we can come out of these challenges with faith like Paul. Every time I let God help me, I am amazed at the peace I can feel through the deepest sorrow. I remember the day I came home from my 10th miscarriage and we had to tell our children that I would need to go to the hospital the next day. Of course that was so hard! It hurt more to watch my children cry about losing a sibling, than I thought it might. Because this time, most of my children were old enough to really “get” what was going on. But through Christ’s help, my husband and I could be strong for our children. We could reassure them that mommy was ok and that baby was back in Heaven. The next few days were filled with many tears. And also many family and friends who came and brought strength. When we serve others and show them love and support, we are Christ’s angels on earth. Helping him carry forth his mission.
I hope that today you will take time to let Christ heal your heart. That you will turn over today’s worries to your Father in Heaven. And no matter how many times those thoughts full of anxiety and worry creep into your mind, push them away with this scripture about Paul.
Just like those cute little plants, we need to allow God our Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our sun and water. Christ suffered death to bless us with strength to triumph over any challenge. I hope that each of us can feel the little joys that today may bring. Focus on the good. Strength will come.
Life is Good. Share the Good.
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PPS And you are going to LOVE the story I’m sharing tomorrow! It’s a beautiful story of adoption.