That “troubles” hang around humans is no surprise. I often wonder, being a Baptist I seldom think, as to the why of troubles. I suppose there are many reasons, but one thing about troubles is certain: God uses troubles to force us into prayer and the evaluation of our actions. Many troubles are simply the harvest of the seed (choices) we have sown. Trouble seeds (choices), like many in nature, return more than was planted.
When all is said and done, trouble resulting from poor choices is part of the growth process. We should learn to grow from the various troubles in our life.
I, as I’m sure many of you, long for peace, joy, happiness and a winning mega lottery ticket. Yet I seldom enjoy any of the above, certainly never a mega winner! Aside from the ticket, the things I, and most likely you, long for are actually fruits of the spirit. It’s hard for a carnal person to enjoy the fruits of the spirit as they pay far too much attention the fleshly things of life. Many of us have a natural war-like spirit that is cultivated a bit too much in our heart and mind, and so the peace that passes understanding eludes us.
I came across an insightful statement by Helen Keller the other day that set me to thinking about my inner life and life in general. If we were at peace with Jesus and our self in a perfect world, we would not, could not appreciate the peace and joy. Here’s the statement from Helen Keller.
“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world."
Learning to be brave, full of peace and joy involves learning to trust. In the scriptures believing is another word for trusting. Life does present many pages that are stormy, often terribly so. So, do I, as did Peter, take my eyes off of Christ, focus on the raging waves, become afraid of the howling stormy wind, or do I trust Jesus, as the Master of Sea, to guide me through the storm, in whatever form the storm may be?
I read a story years ago, I don’t recall the author’s name, about a wealthy man who hired an artist to paint a scene about peace in the midst of a storm. Some months later the artist presented the man the finished painting. The scene portrayed a violent thunder storm, a water fall, lightning and trees about to be uprooted by the hurricane level wind. While this storm was raging, a bird could be seen through a veil of falling water, perched in a cleft in the cliff by the stream, singing at the top of its voice!
Over the years, when storms come as Jesus said they would, I manage to conjure up a mental picture of the painting and ask for the ability to trust in Jesus Christ through whatever kind of storm is raging about me. A bird with a brain the size of a BB has more sense than a human in times of storms, because it simply trusts the Creator!
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