Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face Trials of many kinds, James 1:2 NIV
When we resided in Orlando, Florida, I had the opportunity to see rainbows on a daily basis during the rainy season. The sighting of a rainbow usually evokes a sense of awe from its beauty. However, there was a frightening experience one had to endure prior to visualizing the arch of magnificent colors in the Floridian sky.
Unique to Florida are the unexpected storms, often severe with blinding rain and lightning dancing across the sky accompanied by deafening claps of thunder. Not long after the storm ceases, sirens sound due to a fire caused by the strike of lightning. Although one usually becomes desensitized to reoccurring situations, the severe storms always remained a disturbing event, and I never enjoyed one moment of the tumultuous storms that caused unrest to my peace of mind.
One of the happiest moments of my life occurred when we relocated from Florida to Texas. Moving to another state did not prevent me from experiencing storms which naturally occur, it’s just that I no longer had to endure the Floridian storms. And yes, Texas has storms with hail, wind gusts, and tornados; however, I have lived here before and as a result have gained a higher level of tolerance for nature’s fury by exposure and experience.
One fact of life is for certain: The storms of life are inevitable!
It is highly unlikely that we are able to endure trials without being impacted. We are unable to relocate or seek remedies to avoid our trials and tribulations. I doubt if one has the ability to grow a tolerance for the vicissitudes that seem to occur without warning. There are thistles, briar patches, and thorns as we travel on this journey.
Even the rosebush which has been altered to produce thornless stemmed roses contain thorns on other areas of the bush. The perfect long-stemmed roses that you lovingly place in the vase have been pruned from their original form in order to remove the element that would distract from the beauty of the flower.
For those of us who have rose bushes, we carefully avoid the prickly stems which are certain to produce pain on contact. We do not have this option when experiencing the fiery trials of life.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7 NLT.
Your trials are engraved with your name on them; they are personalized and custom made for your spiritual growth. Now that we are aware of the reason for our reoccurring stormy and fiery trials–to remove the undesirable traits and refine us for God’s Kingdom–then we can change our perception of suffering and accept the outcome of transforming into beautiful rainbows and roses for God.
Challenge for today: There is always a purpose for your stormy trial, keep praying, the sun will shine again.
Verse for today: 1 Peter 1:3-7
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for the trials that I must endure in my life. I realize that I must be transformed in order to have Eternal life. Lord help me to change my perception and continue to persevere as my faith in you continues to grow. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz