Sometimes things get muddy.. even for Christians.
James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
That’s never been my favorite verse. I don’t like the “when” part, because “when” means that it’s inevitable. We will fall into trials… we just don’t know “when.” But really, it’s a great verse, because it tells us what to do when trial time comes.
If we look at trials as an occasion for joy instead of an excuse to get discouraged, then God promises to produce patience in us. Patience doesn’t seem like that great of a reward to get for going through something really hard. But, I think it’s because we think of patience as being able to not pull our hair out when we’ve been waiting in line at the post office for 45 minutes holding a 30 pound toddler who wants to get down while trying to keep your four year old from playing in the dirty blinds. But this verse is talking about a deeper patience.
The kind of patience it describes is not a passive waiting, but an active endurance! It’s the kind of patience that helps you finish a marathon. Not that I’ve ever ran one, but I imagine it takes a lot of active endurance. But going through a trial doesn’t automatically bring patience. You have to go through it a certain way… a joyful way.
You don’t have to pretend to be joyful about what happened, but instead of walking through the trial mad at God, discouraged, or bitter you have to walk it out with joy- that is if you want the patience. And trust me, you want the patience. Verse 4 says “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
When you are going through something muddy remember, “We do not weep over the mud which bespatters the gold-digger when he finds his nugget, neither will we fret over the affliction which makes God to be more precious to our friend.” -Spurgeon.
If we go through the mud with joy we will find our gold- patience and an even deeper relationship with our Savior.
- James 1:2-4
- God’s has helped us to have joy through our trial.
- He’s lifted us out of the mud & given us a new song to sing. (Ps 40:2)
- The quote from Spurgeon that sent me studying James 1.
- For the extra time God has seemed to grace me with since I began this blog.
- Looking at the full moon this morning with the kids. Beau was waving at it like it was her best friend.
- Breakfast in bed with Gus & Beau.
- Cuddling with Beau’s chubby little body while she watched her morning show.
- Got an early morning power nap.
- How handsome Gus looked this morning for church.
- Great class this morning with lots of great kids.
- Being able to work in the same class at the same time each week and getting to know the families and their children.
- The hot car that helped me thaw out after freezing for two hours at church.
- 4 salvations in the kids area at church this weekend!!!!
- Pizza for dinner at Pie Five.
- Sunday night ice cream at Braums. I used to love going Sunday nights after church when I was growing up.
- Figured out what Beau likes at Braums. Oreo mix. It’s so nice having someone to share with.
- Watching everyone in my family smile all evening.
- The kids played really great together on their swing set tonight.
- Gus laughing so so hard as Josh was pushing him really high on the swing.
- Found a puzzle at the dollar store yesterday that Gus has worked about 30 times. Dollar well spent!
- Beau has reminded me of myself when I was her age all day today.
- Gus wanted to vacuum today so I let him and he loved it.
- Our high ceilings. I’ve wanted them since I first saw Josh’s parents house.
- Relaxing and work-free evening with Josh and Tyler Florence.
- Watching Josh read to his little girl.
- Got a great picture of Gus today.
- Father-in-law shared my blog today and suggested that all of his thousands of FB friends read it. So encouraging.