There is something peculiar about trials. Somehow they give the illusion that they ARE the end of the world and that the world must stop until they get resolved. Trials tend to make people feel as though the problems are way bigger than they really are… By saying this, I am NOT trying to diminish the reality of troubles or the gravity of the pain that I or many of you have felt before or are feeling right now. I know what it is to have debilitating pain, paralyzing fears and insecurities, as well as uncontrollable anger and resentment… yet through it all I can honestly say that when it is all said and done there is someONE that was and will always be greater than those emotions.
You have all probably heard of the story about Peter walking on water. The disciples are out on the boat and they see Jesus approaching them as He walked on water. Peter immediately jumps out of the boat to meet His Master and was ACTUALLY ABLE to walk on water himself while he remained focused on Jesus. Once on the water, he began to get distracted by the pounding waves around him and began to go under water, so Jesus had to save him. (You can read this text from the Bible by clicking here: Matthew 14:22-23)
What a clear picture of what I was talking about! The waves distracted Peter from the very ONE that created the waves. Peter was filled with worry, anxiety, and stress because he chose to look at his trial instead of staring at the One who could get him out of that trial.
In the same way we all get distracted during our trials and we forget that we too have been given a very clear “picture” to look at: Jesus Christ. May we keep our eyes focused on Him so that the trials that come our way would be a tool the Lord uses to get us closer to Himself and not the very thing that separates us from Him.
I pray that you would be healed today by knowing that He too extends His hand out to you. Here is a little letter I found:
Your King and Your Refiner
Love in Christ,
**The picture in the layout was taken by May Bagnell. **