Tuesday, November 3, 2015

30 Days of Thankfulness: Trials

Today's thankful thought is a "weird" one, but I'm thankful for it nonetheless.
It doesn't feel natural to be thankful for the trials that happen in life. It's one of those things that is horrible and painful, but you have to endure it. I never knew how to be "thankful" for times like this in life until last year when I faced the unknown. I feel like now I talk about it all the time and I have no idea where my faith would be without that experience. I tip-toe the line of treasuring it and dreading it, both longing for the growth and strength it brought me, yet recalling the horrible pain that came along with it.
I look back and see that God was so faithful to me and wish for more experiences that shows the power He has in my life and in my faith. I know and I feel like this is an incredibly hard and weird thing to be thankful for, but I am.
I wouldn't be the person I am and have the faith I have in lesser things if it weren't for it. I now understand why we are told to "consider it pure joy when we face trials" (James 1:2)

I love that song by Elevation Worship:

I will look up for there is none above You
I will bow down to tell You that I need You
Jesus Lord of all

I will look back and see that You are faithful
I look ahead believing You are able
Jesus Lord of all, Jesus Lord of all

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