It’s been awhile friends, not because I couldn’t have made time (although that is becoming more and more of an obstacle), or because I didn’t have things to share, but because life has felt heavy the past few weeks. Writing about a recent furniture project or pregnancy update didn’t feel genuine, so I chose to just be still for a moment.
Life has a way of bringing me to the feet of Jesus, to his word and promises. Do you know what I found? He said there would be times like this. Fiery trials, problems, suffering, seasons when life just feels heavy.
12 Dear friends, don’t be bewildered or surprised when you go through the fiery trials ahead, for this is no strange, unusual thing that is going to happen to you. 1 Peter 4:12
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. 4 And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Romans 5:3-5
12 Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Don’t worry about making a good impression on them, but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently. Colossians 3:12
A few nights ago, the Hubby and I were listening to a podcast from one of our favorite pastors and church communities in California, Cavalry Chapel Chino Hills.
I was convicted, yet felt God’s wonderful grace. I had been so fiercely focused on my individual surroundings, tiredness, frustrations, worries, and fears that I had backed myself into a small tight space, unable to see the bigger picture.
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:11
I am reminded that I don’t always know what is best for me or what my future holds. Situations and trials that look like difficulties may very well open a door to a blessing I was too blind to see. I would never on my own walk into a fiery trial…and yet I would miss some of God biggest blessings.
I am thankful for His correction, His vision, His plan.
It is well with my soul.