Last week I took a trip. What? Where?
Don’t you know travel is prohibited anywhere at this time Angela? My trip however was a permitted one-a trip down memory lane. I took out some photo albums and began to reflect on and relive parts of my life‘s journey.
– my nursing career
-my marriage in 1968 [boy did I look different then and now]
-Precious moments with our kids
-life in Brazil-victories and challenges
-time spent with family
-our daughter’s wedding
-birth of our grandsons
-family vacations and much, much, more
It turned out to be an exhilarating trip and brought me much joy.
After this I began to reflect on many spiritual memories like the goodness of God, salvation, the Lord‘s protection over my life, and much, much, more. Part of this spiritual journey eventually brought me back to the current situation we are facing with the coronavirus and I turned to God‘s word. Here are three scriptures he led me to.
“ Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
We glory not in the trials God sends our way, but in what they produce in us, leading to that maturity in Christ.
“And not only so but with glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, experience hope.”
What does it mean to glory in tribulations?
I believe it means to rejoice, be triumphant. It’s a choice we make. We can rejoice in our struggles, or we can have a pity party and cry and complain about how unfair things are. That gets us nowhere.
“ and we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”
Two key words in this passage are ”know” and “all things”. In “knowing” we have that deep assurance inside that he is in control and that the outcome will be according to His will and purpose for us. “All things” means all things, good and bad, will work together for us. God can turn around any situation.
I invite you to take this trip down your spiritual memory lane, and reflect on how God has been with you and will continue to be.