“…When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow…”
I had a dream recently where I was standing alone in a dark room.
I was praising God while being beaten by an unseen force.
I was slapped in the face while saying “Hallelujah.”
Someone sucker punched me when my face was turned up toward heaven.
It was when something pinned me against a wall that I could no longer hear my voice.
But my lips were still moving so I knew I was still praising.
I’m entering the third quarter of a year that’s proving to be a trying one.
My faith is stretching like chewed bubble gum.
My spirit feels like a old snow shovel that’s seen one too many blizzards.
It is tough.
It is uncomfortable.
It is a place I’d never dreamed I’d see.
But I know God doesn’t bring difficulty without development.
Something is brewing.
Something is evolving.
So in spite of the pain … it has to grow.
So let it grow.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”