James 1:2-3”My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance;”
There is a saying “that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger.” However, I don’t think that is quite what James was saying in this passage.
I struggle with finding joy in my trials, let me tell you. I lament, I grumble, I pout, and I whine. The list of my poor behavior when being tested goes on but I need to keep up some kind of appearance, right?
Home school has always been a challenge; some days easier than others. This year I have two kids to teach and it has been interesting, to say the least. I am reminded, daily, that I do not understand boys very well. I know my five year old boy is typical in that he cannot seem to sit still for more than a nanosecond and his attention span... I do my best to teach while on the move but there are some things and sometimes we need to sit. This is just one example, on the surface, of the trials I need to consider a joy, and I have it easy!
Seriously, I tuck these verses away in my heart knowing I will need them a lot. Face trials with joy because they make us and our faith stronger. I pray it be so.
How many times have I come asking forgiveness for my shortsightedness? I cannot count them! Your Word is my strength and I hold onto it for dear life. Guide my thoughts, my actions, and my words so that, rather than laments, I spread joy to the world. To your glory I pray. Amen.