We all go through challenges in life, but in the life of a Christian, we know that suffering brings spiritual growth if we embrace it. Have you ever considered that Jesus could have easily directed the boat away from the storm? Instead, he directed his friends into the storm. Because even though we are often afraid of the storm, the storm brings growth in our lives.
Last week we were devastated to learn of an attack on our family and our belief system that was incredibly hurtful to me. The attack was out of ignorance, but it was nonetheless, painful. And it has the potential to bring a lot of division in our family.
I found myself feeling afraid and out of control of my circumstances. It was like there was a tornado swirling the pieces of my life around ready to slam them to the ground at any moment. God quickly reminded me of a situation that occurred with my 6 year old daughter a few nights earlier.
My daughter has a homemade beaded bracelet that she loves. The other night she dropped the bracelet and all the beads broke off and went flying all over the floor. Red, green, purple, pink, the colors were everywhere. She immediately hit the floor crying, and my husband quietly whispered to me, “Don’t make a bigger deal out of it than it really is.” We calmly helped her pick up the pieces, and let her know that we could easily help her put the bracelet back together.
In regards to the recent attack on our family, I felt the Lord whispered, “Don’t you trust me in the same way? That I can easily see the big picture, and put the pieces back together.” So simple, and yet so easy to forget when your emotions are high.'...then I let it go and trusted that the Lord is who He says He is. That He can be trusted to take care of the small things and the things in life that seem too big a burden for anyone to bear.'Click To Tweet
My heart was aching, and quite frankly, at the time, I didn’t trust Him. I was afraid and I was hurting. I was bitter and angry. I was frustrated and I felt out of control. But I took His words to heart, and I began to cry out to Him. I prayed….I yelled at Satan….I cried, and cried some more. And then I let it go and trusted that the Lord is who he says he is. That he can be trusted to take care of the small things and the things in life that seem too big a burden for anyone to bear.
Even when I don’t know what the future holds. When I don’t know how the situation will turn out. I trust that the Lord is faithful and he will pick up the pieces of my broken heart and put them back together.