John 16:33 (ESV)
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Psalm 9:9-10 (NIV)
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
The secret to a strong plant is the wind. The gentle force of the wind makes the plant more resilient and more likely to survive adverse conditions. In the winter, I often have an oscillating fan blow on my potted plants so they grow strong enough to withstand the effects of nature when they are moved outdoors to my garden in the spring.
As I sit by my dining room table reflecting on this past week, I can’t help but to think about the difficult circumstances many have had to deal with recently. A mom caring for a child going in to surgery; a friend losing a loved one; a mother’s son going off to jail; a dad dealing with a terminal illness; a mom sitting by her child in a hospital bed not knowing what is next…These roads of adversity are hard…very hard.
And just like the wind on the plant, the trials we face makes our faith stronger, and it causes us to think more about heaven and eternity. Do I welcome these trials? Honestly speaking, NO. But, we can take comfort in knowing that God is right by our side, listening and helping us walk through these difficult trials all while learning to trust in Him more every day. God is good.