It’s been a hard few weeks at our house; nothing specific to point to, just a lot of teenage angst and drama, some decisions to make and a lot that needs to be done, sprinkled with several significant crises within our church family. For us, church family isn’t necessarily just here in the town we live, it’s a combination of people from all the places we’ve worshiped over the years, and we rejoice with them, grieve with them and we pray for them. It’s been a time for prayer more than rejoicing recently. To sum it up: life is hard but God is good.
I was talking with God this morning, and found myself thanking Him for these tough times. Let me assure you, this is not normal for me. I realized while I was praying that these last few weeks have been opportunities to make wise decisions, to connect more with one of my teens and to pray more specifically for people I love, who are not nearby. Maybe this is what spiritual growth looks like; sitting back and relying on God for answers, resting in the peace that He provides and finding positives in the hardness of the daily.
Several years ago during a particularly difficult season, a friend of mine said that she felt led to tell me that I needed to thank God for the storm we were in. I listened to what she said, and respected her words but didn’t whole heartedly thank Him. I may have given the same thanks you give your Aunt when she knitted you a kitten sweater for Christmas – obligatory, with a side of attitude and zero eye contact.
Today I am trying to look up, to look in, and to thank Him for the hard. I want to be used in any way I can to bring His glory, and I want to see the bigger picture. Life is hard but God is good.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4