I thought you would enjoy this meditation by a friend from church, Lori Braswell:
Monthly Archives: August 2015
Have you driven through a dreadful storm? Rain? Thunder? Lightning? Snow? Fog? No visibility? Rain coming down in sheets where you cannot see in front of your hood?
Sure. We all have at some point. Well, maybe not all.
What do you do then? Continue reading
It is just so easy to say we trust someone or that we trust God. But, WOWSER!, when something goes wrong… !!!
It is then that trust becomes tricky.
Driving my 35 mile commute to work is nothing most days. I sit back and stare ahead when the sun is out and the day is clear. But let an ugly thunderstorm kick up and the rain come in sheets making visibility a wish instead of a reality, then where is the trust? Or when the entire bridge over the Mississippi is invisible due to solid fog, trust is invisible as well.
But what, exactly, is trust?
Reliance on the integrity, strength, surety, ability, etc.; in a person or thing. Confidence. (Dictionary.com)
Trust, as you can see from the definition, has absolutely nothing at all to do with the circumstances being perfect. It has to do with the thing in which you are trusting.
When circumstances are undesirable, our ability to trust is proven. Or shown to be lacking.
Trust is like character. It needs to be proven to show its worth. It needs to be tested to show that it can be counted upon.
Don’t despair when testing comes, let it show the stuff you are made of. The Bible tells us that.
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 1:2-8
Maybe joy is hard to come by at first, we can work up to that. We should at least count it as a good thing because then our trust level and our character can grow and we, thereby grow in equal measure.
Counting it Joy (at least attempting to)
I joined the YMCA a few months ago to use the pool for therapy on my ailing knee as well as exercise. I love the water.
It has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. Three weeks in and the swelling was down by 80%. After six weeks I no longer wore my brace. Now I love going for the exercise and the relaxation. Continue reading
2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us clearly that God loves a cheerful giver. Don’t give under compulsion, Paul tells us, but give what you determine to give. And give it cheerfully.
That entire passage is specifically speaking of money. Cash. Dollars. So it cannot be confused that we are to give money cheerfully.
But I am wondering if that principle couldn’t also be applied to other instances of giving. Continue reading
Or facing a struggle? A test? Trial?
Or something of the sort?
And this is what I have to say to you (and to me):
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.
I have faced challenges before, as I am certain you have as well; but with each test comes the struggle. The struggle of knowing what to do. The struggle of trusting the One who has promised to help us.
So we remind ourselves again of how we managed the last one and that we will not be left alone during this one.
MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.
Putting on the grins
There is nothing like a story of someone who changed their situation massively. Or someone who overcame tremendous odds. You know, the Olympic athlete that came from meager beginnings and worked 42 jobs to enable him/her to train 100 hours a week and made it to the Olympic podium winning over those with every possible support and resource available to them. Or the author who sold their first manuscript for a million dollars and went from rags to riches by their skill and talent and determination.
Those stories stir us, inspire us, motivate us, and sometimes shame us. They are fantastic. Continue reading