When I graduated from high school, I went on a survival trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (I didn’t know it was a survival trip at the time). There were many great experiences during this trip, including spending 24 hours isolated from everyone else without water or food to draw closer to the Lord. I remember one night when we were sleeping out in the open and it began to rain. It was cold, we were wet, and I was miserable! I wanted to go home, I thought the trip was the worse thing I had ever experienced. As we were sitting in the rain, there was an individual with us that began to sing praises and give thanks to God. What was he thinking! Have you ever felt like me that night when nothing seemed right and you didn’t think that things could get worse?
In 1 Timothy 1:16 Paul wrote, “16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.” Paul saw his trials as a model and source of encouragement for those around him.
What about you? When you go through difficult times, do people see you as a “trial” or do people see you as one of God’s “trophies”? Let your trials be a trophy of God’s grace and mercy for all to see. Remember, when it is cold and raining in your life, that is the time to sing and give thanks.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!