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!