Trouble comes to us all.
You can try to
Or even under the hardship
That falls heavy and hot on your path.
You can attempt to wait it out,
Or pretend it isn’t there.
But it is, and it isn’t going anywhere.
There’s only one way to the other side,
And that is right through the blistering heart of the thing.
Oh yes, it will scorch and scald.
You may cry tears of anger.
Sometimes, they will spill out and burn bitter.
But a fiery test will refine and strengthen,
If you let it.
Mercies you could not predict nor produce,
Will temper the heat,
Illuminate a kaleidoscope of blessings:
Supernatural serendipities that both soften and steel.
Seeds long slumbering, wakened only by fiery flames,
Will spring up from regenerated heart-soil,
Ashen though it may be,
Adorning the landscape with new life and health
On the other side of a painful trial.
This is no easy thing. We wrestle with the fact that God allows Job-like trials in the lives of some. But, James 1 is pretty clear on the issue of troubles. Praise God for the possibilities He offers, particularly to the weary and the weak. Asking Him to encourage ( as in make courageous) those who are suffering particularly difficult days.
kpeterson march 2013