When these kinds of trials come, it’s often difficult to see beyond the trial. It clouds our perspective of God’s goodness, (“Does he really care about me?”); we question his power, (“Is God able to intervene in this situation?”); we question his wisdom, (“Can I trust his intentions towards me?”).
Often it diminishes hope that things will ever change. It blocks our assurance of God’s promises to us that he strengths us; he walks with us; he will never leaves us; and he is our refuge we can run to.
The difficulty comes trying to see God in the midst of our trials or to see your circumstances as God sees them. Several years ago I learned an interesting definition of the word circumstance: It means “standing around.” Once you think about it, it makes sense. How often have our circumstances, the events in our lives that are “standing around” so close, they’ve blocked our view of God’s nearness and availability in our lives?
Isaiah 55:9 proclaims, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. The prophet’s words assure us: you have no idea what God is up to! Our God is creative in all his ways! We try to figure things out (in case God needs any help) and just when we think we’ve covered every possible scenario, God shows up in ways we never thought possible!
If you are in a waiting period, or feeling hopeless that nothing will change; you have no idea what lies around the corner! Never forget…there’s more going on than what we see. Those with dull hearts will only see pain and heartache. But those whose hearts are attentive to God’s faithful Presence will find strength for their soul and a hope that carries them.
Psm. 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart; and wait for the Lord.”
In the meantime, allow your circumstances to drive you to God himself. Often the change God brings is in us. Don’t miss what God wants to do in you through this trial.
“Imagine what Israel and all of us who worship God would have missed if they had gone by the short route…the thrilling story of the deliverance from Egypt’s chariots when the sea was rolled back. Let’s not ask for shortcuts. Let’s keep alert for the wonders our Guide will show us in the wilderness.” Elisabeth Elliott