Ever feel like you might just crack under the pressure of your trials? Like there’s a hairline crack in your foundation and it’s about to give way? Maybe this isn’t you right now, but someone close to you. Be encouraged. Cracks are not always a bad thing.
I grew up in a quiet suburb with miles of sidewalks. I remember strolling around the neighborhood with friends, singing that awful sidewalk song. Do you remember it? Sweet young voices in unison belting out step on a crack and break your mother’s back. It ranked right up there with Rock-A-Bye Baby on the rhymes–that–creep–you–out–
It was all in fun, but have you ever thought about why the cracks are there?
Those cracks serve a purpose. Our hair is not the only thing going wonky when the weather changes. Sidewalks expand and contract when temperatures rise and fall. Without those intentional cracks, one continuous slab of sidewalk would buckle and break–in all the wrong places.
What if we viewed our trials as cracks in the sidewalks of our lives? Although we may not understand how they fit into the bigger picture, they serve some type of purpose.
Trials expand our need for God and what He wants to teach us. Trials contract our own abilities so we must fully rely on God. Sometimes a trial is a consequence for our sin, but other times we just don’t know or understand why God has allowed it.
How Can a Trial Ever Be a Good Thing?
While pain and loss–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–seem bleak, lives can still be touched in unimaginable ways. If even one person is pointed to Christ through our trials, it is worth whatever we must endure.
After my Grandma Rita suffered a stroke, her health kept rolling downhill. Yet with each hospital stay, she was sure to hand out a small pamphlet version of the Book of John. Those lives around her in that hospital were touched by God’s truth, perhaps for the first time. We hated seeing her go through this trial but had she not, those lives she touched would have missed out.
In trials, we grow when we keep our spiritual eyes open. We learn something about ourselves and about our God. The light in all of our dark trials is the opportunity to draw closer to God.
We cannot be sure of the outcome, but we can be sure of this–God is there to move us from one piece of solid ground to the next. He is good and no matter our circumstances, He is sure of the outcome.
Where Else Might We See the Good in Our Trials?
Our calling may be found through the trials we experience. In God’s perfect timing, our pain can propel us forward in becoming world-changers for Christ. Our struggles, hardships, grief, and loss move us to seek God’s face, and through His grace, hope shines. We are moved beyond our comfort and moved to make a difference.
As we grab hold of the garment of Jesus through times of trouble, others will see and know that He is God. They will know through our witness where our strength comes from–that He is in control–t
What Is the Greater Good in Our Trials?
God is not unaware of our trials. He is greater than any trial we will ever face. Jesus is no stranger to pain and suffering. He understands and He does not leave us in our pain, He walks through it with us.
The greater good is what His love and faithfulness can do when we trust in Him.
We can draw strength in remembering this acrostic for the word TRIAL:
In our trials, God is magnified so that the world may know Him. Not just when our trial is over–because some never are this side of heaven–but during the rockiest parts of our journey. We can trust Him, rely on Him, invite Him into our pain, apply His Word of truth to our lives, and listen for His voice above all others.
Call to Action
If you are currently facing a trial, write out your laments and praises to the Lord. Cry out to Him and allow His love to quiet your distress. Recite Psalm 91 aloud. Seek out others who have been where you are–friends who can encourage you. Record your journey in a journal. Later on, your words and God’s faithfulness will serve as memory stones for you and others.
Allow this to be your song today…
“… God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the
May I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, I pray for my friend reading this prayer. I pray she will be strengthened by your love, mercy, and grace today and always. I pray she be encouraged through the trials of her life. I pray she would have friends who will walk beside her–true friends who will lift her up and pray with her and for her. I pray she will find peace and rest in the shadow of Your wings. May she be confident through Christ, as she waits in anticipation of how You will use her gifts and her trials to bless others and impact the world. I ask this all in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
Would you like a copy of the above acrostic? Download a free copy of the acrostic printable here: TRIAL
Be blessed, friend.
In Christ’s Love,
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