Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What if we believed it?

The warm breeze rustling the leaves on the towering trees seemed to draw me with a quiet whisper to the place that is so familiar that it's almost like an old friend. I walked with focused deliberation, with my Bible and journal in tow, to the courtyard chair that has welcomed me so many times. With a quick plop into my seat, I inhaled slowly, as if I was taking in the very breath of life that lives between the covers of my well worn Bible.

Without wasting another second, I tore open the Word and quickly read through 1 Peter 4. Since this book is the scene of my daily Bible study, I was well acquainted with the words. But tonight, for some supernatural reason, I was moved to reflect on verses 12 and 13.

The Amplified Version says,

"BELOVED [I love that term], do NOT be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange were befalling you. Instead, be very glad - for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world."

My mind couldn't help but hang on the truth behind these words. Trials shouldn't come as a shock, rather as a blessing. They put us in a cooperative relationship with Christ, so that others might see Him.

What if, when we are hit with a major blow, we simply responded to the Lord by proclaiming, "God, I don't get it, but I get YOU! And, because I love you and I trust you, I will praise you for the opportunity to let others see YOU in my weakness."

What if, when our hearts were stripped to the very core, we simply said, "Praise God for the blessing of seeing Him work in my life!"

I've learned, in my old age of 27, that our earthly lives move from crisis to crisis. If you aren't facing a mountain now, you will. But, instead of wallowing and panicking, we have the ability to simply give it to God. We have the privilege of trusting Him.

Oh, how I love Him so!


Callie said...

Beautiful post, and so true - I feel like this is something that I have to re-learn with each new trial, but hopefully each time it will get a bit easier . . .
Just found your blog, and I've really been enjoying reading it!

Brie said...

Love your blog - thanks for all the words of encouragement and the reminders of what an amazing God we serve!

Camille said...

Our God IS an awesome God.

Rebecca (Craving Simplicity) said...

This is so encouraging! :)

Lindsey said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful reminders! You have a beautiful way with words.