It’s no surprise that throughout our different seasons of life, somewhere along the line — a trial will greet us. Nevertheless, whether it greets us with a smile and gentle handshake (a way that I’ve never personally been greeted with), or a straightforward slap in the face (that’s more like it), the trials will come. I mean, it’s almost impossible to avoid them. Trials are honestly inevitable. By “honest”, I mean that they make certain that you are well aware of their presence. They’ll stretch forth your ears to make sure that you hear the thunder clouds rolling, along with rain draining through the very ceilings of your home.
Trials will even come with a full manual on the possibility of everything breaking down, whether it be: a relationship, a crash in your finances, death in the family, your marriage, or even tackling depression and loneliness. I can go on, but somehow those tricky manuals never come with an actual solution. Their response to the solutions, are usually lead by the horrific understatements of, “You’re just going to have to figure this out for yourself.” Those are the kind of responses that will cause your stomach to ache, and your heart to.. break. Ouch!
But what if our solution was Jesus? What if the thunder was really just His voice calling us, having a deep longing of grasping our attention? Would we still look at our trials as if they were in our hands, or as if they were in our God’s hands? What if trials were our lessons, and God our teacher? Would we open our eyes and pay attention then? Would we actually learn something?
We trust our teachers, because we trust and believe that they are well educated, sophisticated, and beyond suit and worthy to teach us. We trust that they will steer us into the right direction to earn a degree, and we trust in their teaching enough to help us pass tests. But somehow, we have such a hard time trusting God to help and guide us throughout the tests that take place in our everyday lives. The Almighty God who created the Heavens and the Earth. The God who doesn’t need a degree, to show the world what his hands alone are capable of. The God who’s name alone shakes the very foundation of this earth, and causes mountains to move, and the seas sit still and roar.
How do we respond to such trials, tests, and tribulations? When our hearts tell us to cry more, to panic, to call off from work, to deliberately hurt until you can’t hurt anymore. How do we respond to losing ourselves, our well being, and the undesirable want of wanting to rid ourselves from our own lives?
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” – 1 Peter 4:12 KJV
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19 KJV
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6 KJV
There has been so many times that I’ve caught myself in a series of unfortunate webs, that I’d never thought I’d get out of. Still to this day, I’m astonished and well humbled by the unfailing mercy and love that God has for me. Because I didn’t deserve his love, I had failed him many times. Actually, too many times to count. But it was only until I realized, that sometimes you have to let your pain know how temporary it is, and how eternal your God is. I had to remind myself that we’re going to hurt and that’s okay, it is again inevitably apart of life. But it’s not okay to stay in your pain, to make it your home, and drive away your God, your sanity, and peace. It was never okay to become comfortable, because things happen and things change.. and that’s okay.
The most influential people around the world, had to wound before they could heal. We would never truly know what darkness was, if it wasn’t for the light. And we would never really understand evil, if it wasn’t for the good. Jesus had to die, before He was raised up. We are called in every way to experience the wounds, so that we may be able to experience the power that was written behind it. Jesus experienced rejection, loneliness, blaspheme, persecution, loved ones turning against him, and even one of the most excruciating deaths known to man. Although, he didn’t necessarily have to do this, he chose to because of His unfailing love for you, for me, and the entire world. Jesus overlooked his emotions, and looked at the price that was at stake: you.
This year, I want you to over look the clutter that’s in front of you, the pain, the heart break, and I want you to look at Jesus. By that, I don’t mean to go out and grab just any image (Levit. 26:1), but connect with Him in your mind. I want you to plug your mind in with His and ask God to align, adjust, heal, teach, project, make new, and to make clear for you this year. Dig deep into prayer each day this year, turn your phones off, and meet Him each day and night. The key to not losing yourself, is letting God take control and the wheel. You’ve got this. Thanks for reading.
Happy New Years