Sometimes it can feel as if God has left us. Especially when we feel alone and scared. Life can be so incredibly hard at times. When we feel alone, however, we are usually going through a trial that will help us to grow. Regardless of how we feel, God is there with us. He doesn’t leave us during the hardship, but He walks with us—and sometimes He even carries us.
Right now I feel as if I’m in the middle of a storm. It hurts and I want the pain to stop. On the other hand, I want to endure every moment so that I can grow and so that God will do great things with my life. The struggle I am in right now is preparing for me the blessings that my heart desires. This trial will help me to become closer to my God, stronger, more compassionate, and obtain more wisdom.
While I know all of these things it is still hard to endure the hardships in my life. I want to go through the trials quickly, but sometimes we have to stay in the eye of the storm until it transforms us. When it gets to the point that it feels as if it will break me that’s when the strength occurs. God will never allow it to break me, if I trust in Him. He will, however, push me to my limits to show me that with Him there is no limits.
Isaiah 43:2 (KJV)
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
We are all so much stronger than we realize. The God in the valley, pushing us through our trials, is the same God who pours His blessings upon us. And His love for us is the same. Just like with our children, sometimes He is harder on us because He has big plans for us. During the down moments, when we just want to quit and accept defeat, we need to remember our dreams and the prayers that we have asked God to answer.
The trials of today produce the blessings of tomorrow. Hang in there. God has big plans for you. When this trials passes and you see the blessing, it will all make perfect sense. Every time I get discouraged and think that I can’t do it anymore, I remember how God turned a fractured elbow and months of pain, into one of the greatest blessings of my life. However, when I lay in my bed each night, unable to sleep and in extreme pain, day and night, I couldn’t see at the time any way for God to turn it into a blessing. A few months, and a thumb later, I completely understand. And I’m so grateful that even when I begged, He didn’t pull me out of the fire. He helped me carry my burdens and pain and then rewarded me for my efforts.
We serve an amazing God! One day I will be able to share this story of overcoming and tell you how God turned the trial I am currently in to an amazing blessing.
Love and blessings,