These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
trials come. adversities come. life comes with heartaches and burdens.
sometimes these come from situations we create ourselves. sometimes it’s the work of the enemy. sometimes, the tests come from God’s hand – work to refine us. but the real test comes when i choose how to handle that problem. . .
regardless of where it comes from. i choose . . . i choose every day . . . do i want what the flesh is urging me to move towards —- that easy way, that comfortable way, or turn it around and blame others. OR do i truly turn it over and be the godly person God desires me to be?
looking back over the times in life when i’ve asked God why — why me —- why that loved one — not again, Lord? . . .
i am so thankful that through the suffering, the pain, the hurt, the disappointments, the rejections, and even the times that i still do not understand —- i am thankful that He gave me the strength, thankful that He knew better than me, thankful that He didn’t make my life easy. i am thankful for how he continues to “grow” me, to “refine” me.
i know no matter what burden comes my way, i never am alone. i never have to carry the weight of it by myself. i come to Him and humbly say “i’m struggling Lord. i can’t do this.” i drop the façade of control —- and oh, that can be very, very hard to do —- i have to put away the pride, submit myself to Him. He alone. He alone comes and carries that weight with me . . . not for me . . . but with me. He is teaching me, teaching me lessons —– difficult lessons —— that i can only learn by hardship.
when i read these words from Jesus Calling,
Lift up empty hands of faith to receive My precious Presence. Light, Life, Joy, and Peace flow freely through this gift. When your focus turns away from Me, you grasp for other things. You drop the glowing gift of My Presence as you reach for lifeless ashes. Return to Me; regain My Presence.
i too lift my hands to my Abba Father, who calls me to Him. i lift my hands and say “thank you, Lord. thank you for taking the weight with me. thank you for not just taking away a burden to make my way easy. thank you, i don’t go alone.”