Yesterday I saw a quote that someone at my church posted on Facebook:
"To manage a life of pain, as a believer in Jesus, remember: This is all the hell you will ever bear."
I thought about all the things that have been going on in my life lately. The things that basically keep me in a funk and my mind wondering how I will ever make it through. Petty things to be honest with you. I think about my friends, who are sick, going through divorces, having issues with friends or family members, lost jobs and homes and are trying to figure out just how to make it.
Then I remember what God said (we read it last night in Bible study) and it happens to come from my favorite Book:
James 1:2-5 - "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Now I don't consider depression, loss of a spouse, a job, a home or whatever fun things by any means, but I do know this, God works in all situations! Good ones and bad, but when we let our own selfishness get in the way of looking for what it is God wants us to see, we miss out on so much. It's hard to think about heaven when things are not going as we planned, but James said that when we face these trials, we are building our faith and maturity so that we will be complete. Complete to do good works while we are here and to prepare us for a place that has no pain or suffering.
Ohh my the brain is working in overdrive this morning, sorry!!! Hope you all are having a good week, and until the next time, be blessed!