Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fear No Trial


And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. – 1 Peter 5:10

When I was a child, I dreaded anything going wrong. I’d have nightmares about my parents dying. I grieved deeply at the idea of losing my grandparents. I couldn’t imagine how I would handle even the death of my pet cat. Nothing went wrong, and so I didn’t learn that I could survive devastation.

Things have gone wrong for my kids. I prayed they would not have to experience a broken home, but they did. I prayed they would not be rejected by friends, but they experienced some of that, too. I prayed for health, but sickness arrived to stay. They lost their pets, which turned out to be practice; they also lost a grandparent.

But I have noticed something amazing. They survived it all! In fact, with each blow their faith was secretly strengthened, like a stalwart tree that flourishes by resisting the buffeting winds. It was hard to watch them struggle to grow without the presence of a father in the home. I hated telling them when their pets died, and I buried the remains in the back yard by myself, trying to lessen their grief. When one child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was horrified; yet he faced it with a resolve that had become strangely familiar.

Trials have fused their residual strength into my children’s personalities. I don’t believe this was inevitable, although we certainly can’t take credit for it. I believe it is the outcome of a habit I can only say we were forced to develop. (“Forced” in the do-or-die sense.) We learned to hold onto Jesus for dear life. Hardly heroic! Yet this is how anyone learns that God is faithful, no matter what. Experiencing His grace, guidance, and peace through trials is the surest way to assuage our fears. We learn that we can trust Him, no matter what. He will bring us through.

Whatever you’re facing, He’ll bring you through. I know it. I’ve seen it.


14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this beautiful post. You are certainly a testament to God's faithfulness to get us through tough times. Let's keep hanging in there. (Working in a mslm country gives me plenty of opportunities too...)

    Blessings

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  2. Amen, "the suffering of the moment is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed" thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is so true. Our family has had it's ups and downs in life and have learned to cling to God through them. I have often said that God talks about pruning and pruning is painful yet you reap beautiful fruit after the pruning and then there is the refiners fire doesn't sound very comfortable either but then you get the pure gold. Blessings to you oh and I am following along now!

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  4. What a beautiful post! I identified with your fears growing up yet not having any of those fears come to pass. Yet having to watch your children deal with things you thought you could not handle. I have seen my children deal with things that I would never have been able to and they have handled it so well and have taught me so much. Thank you.

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  5. Children do have a way of surprising us, huh Kathy? It confirms to me that God is the best parent. He knows exactly what will help them grow, even while we fear.
    Thanks for the follows and the comments, ladies!

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  6. Your strong testimony has deeply touched my heart! I know you know it...I know it too and thrive through my trials because of it! Thank you for your strength! Happy Friday sweet friend!

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  7. PS...
    I was already GFC following you, but since I signed on with my other account, I can follow you again...yeah!

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  8. Thanks Becky Jane! GFC is acting funny. I have to refresh my page several times before it shows up on my blog. You're still following me on GFC though.
    Blessings and thanks for sharing. I'm glad my testimony touched you. ( :

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  9. Resilliance building at its best! I think it is essential for our kids to have all those experiences - not matter how hard it is to watch them go through it - as it builds them into strong and resilliant, capable adults.

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  10. I really have to remember this as I watch my little girl grow up. It's a natural reaction to want to protect them from everything, but I need to remember that trails will let her see how strong of a person she really is. Thank you for sharing this.

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  11. Don't be afraid, Amy; if bad things happen, God is able to use them for tremendous good. Blessings!
    Lisa

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  12. I was reading through your profile and noticed I like the same movies as you...except maybe I Love Lucy! We have such good taste!

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