Our family has had its fair share of trials. In fact, I shared a little bit of our recent trials and why I owe an explanation of why I haven’t been as responsive as usual. I also shared some inspiration that I originally felt may have been misunderstood. The truth is I know no matter the trials, I know God will get us through it. I know redemption wins because He has brought me through so much.
It doesn’t mean walking through the fire is easy. It’s not over for us yet, either. We’re having a bit of a rough time getting settled. Because of our kids’ special needs, not being on a specific schedule (or having room to be active, which we don’t quite have yet), it can be tricky to adjust. It was imperative we get back on our homeschooling schedule ASAP, and I’ll be sharing some tips for staying on track during a move because this hasn’t been our first move since we started homeschooling! Phew!
How do you view trials? I think even when we have that blessed hope we can sometimes get caught up in our trials. We’re human. I admit even I sometimes say “Why is this happening?” OK, I’ll even admit “Why am I being punished like this?” even crossed my mind a time or two. Of course, I know it’s NOT punishment, but it can feel that way sometimes, right?
Trials Are Lessons
Some people may view trials as lessons. What can I learn from it? I think this is a fantastic way to view trials because we can all learn from trials. All the trials we have ever faced shape us into who we are today. Some of us face bigger trials than others, but that doesn’t mean we can only learn from the big trials. We can learn from all trials.
Trials Have a Purpose
Another way to view trials is to acknowledge that they have a purpose. This may be harder to understand because if trials have a purpose, we should know what that purpose is, right? Sometimes we may understand the purpose in the midst of the trial or shortly after. We expect that “ah ha!” moment, and sometimes it doesn’t come – or we get it much later in life. Sometimes, though, we may not know the purpose. Do you have a list of things you would like to ask God? I would say these definitely get added to the list for me!
Trials Refine Us
When I chose my word for 2014, Refine really stuck out for me. It is in these moments when we are on our knees crying out to God that He can really work in our lives to refine us for His purpose. Life is busy. It’s easy to get caught up in “life.” Sometimes trials are the only time we’re really tuning in to God. It’s in those moments that we acknowledge how much we need Him!
No matter how you view trials, one thing is certain, you will get through it. Talk to God. Be honest with Him. He knows your heart. Even in the moments when you feel like nobody care, He does. He always cares. He treasures you. He loves you. God is sovereign. He is in control, and He will see you through it.