Joy In The Trials of Life

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into [various trials];”

James 1:2

There are certain times in our lives when we face things we never imagined we would face. There are times of hardship, deaths, firings and grave disappointments. The saying goes if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. Life does not always go as planned, but we can rest assured that God always has a plan for our lives.

Kate was eighteen months old when her knee began to hurt. We were not sure why the pain was there as she had no bruising or cuts on her leg. Walking became painful for her, so we decided to take her to the doctor. The doctor looked her over and sent us over to the children’s hospital where they ran more tests on her. The doctors decided they needed to test the fluid in her knee, so they pulled out an enormous needle to numb the area. The doctor inserted the long needle into her knee and Kate’s eyes rolled back into her head. Rebekah about lost it as she wanted to hurt the doctor who hurt her baby, and the doctor promptly told us we had to leave the room.

Kate ended up spending the night in the hospital and she was diagnosed with the MRSA virus the following day. She spent the whole next week there, and it was quite a trying time in our lives. Rebekah had a work trip she was planning for, and we were all set to go in a few days. I hoped we could figure out a way to still go, but Kate’s infection was too great to be cured in a few days. Every other day or so, she lost her IV and the nurses would take her to a special room where they would reinsert the IV into her arm. The sight of the room would bring fear and crying to Kate because she knew what was coming. Rebekah did her best to console her, but tears flooded her eyes as well. Her heart was broken for Kate and I am sure her heart was not overflowing with joy as Kate screamed out in pain.

I can assure you this was not a joyous occasion in our lives, but it should have been. Kate was a healthy little girl until we realized she was not. We took for granted the health God had given her, and we assumed she would always be well. I remember that time like it was yesterday because it is troubling when you think you are in control and you realize you are not. The joy does not come strictly from the trials, but rather comes from trusting in God and drawing close to Him as you realize He has allowed the trials in your life. You pray like He is all you have – because He IS all you have. You realize your prayer life is not what it should be as you now cry out to Him every chance you get. That week, we began to realize that we were not in control of anything, and we needed to be dependent on the One who was.

Where are you today friend? Are you facing a trial that you feel is hopeless? Are you needing God to do something in your life that only He can do? Do you have joy amidst the tears and sorrow? Do you trust the plan God has for your life? May we come to know His peace in the darkest of days, and may we have joy in the trials of life. Trials are God’s exercises that allow us to gain strength through Him. May we have His joy as the trials come, and may we know that God always has a purpose and plan for our lives.

Stay in the Fight!

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