Who, in their right mind enjoys trials!!!??? Jesus did. It was His joy to lay down His life and suffer for us. I don’t understand it, but as I’m doodling I have an opportunity to contemplate it. How can it be that trials can bring joy? Here are a few things I thought of–in no particular order.
- Trials help (or should) keep our eyes off of ourselves and keeps them looking to our Heavenly Father–they keep us connected
- Trials give us opportunity to pray–for us and others
- Trials put life into perspective–not everything is bad in life
- Trials teach us to forgive like Jesus forgave
- Trials teach us to love when we don’t feel like loving–which again, requires a connection with God to do
- Trials bring compassion to others that are suffering what we have suffered
- Trials teach us patience
- Trials helps us to stop hanging onto “things” and find what is truly valuable–usually relationships
- Trials show us who we really are
- Trials give us opportunity to think of others and help them
These are just a few things that come to mind. The list is limitless. But I dare say, without the habit of finding joy in trials, our lives are very shallow and one-dimensional (it’s all about me). Challenge for today . . . . make your own list of why trials are important in your life and thank God for them. Blessings!!