Life, Trials, Trials—Why Is It, Walking Through Trials

Walking Through Trials: Why Is It?

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Why is it that it takes a trial to open my eyes to the fullness of God? To the reality that yes, He is here with me, waiting for me to set my sights on Him?

Why is it I run headlong into most days, forgetting what He tried to share with me in the early moments of the morning, when I sat with Him?

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Why is it, I allow stress and busy-ness to draw my eyes—my heart—away from the One who loves me passionately, perfectly, purely?

Why is it I think I can breathe even one breath without the One who created all things,

all people . . .

the One who breathed me into existence giving it to me?

It’s so easy to live my days thinking I’m “Like this”—fingers crossed—with Jesus, while I’m hurrying, raising my voice at the kids, thinking all responsibility rests on my shoulders.

All the while, my Jesus, walks beside me, Peace personified, often times unseen by my “hurry-up” eyes. But He’s there, nonetheless.

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Waiting for me to slow down. To breathe. To look to Him with eyes that can really see.

I wonder if this is one reason I experience struggles, walk through situations far bigger than myself . . . so that I can see Jesus. His steadfast presence, His quiet perfect, faithful love wrapping me up, hugging me close to Him.

When I encounter a situation much larger than myself, then I finally, finally still my heart.

I can admit to Him that I can’t walk it out alone.

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And wouldn’t you know, it’s when I come to Him, all needy and spent, that He meets me in that place. He pours His grace over me.

Sometimes through the words of friends. Through offers of help. Through spoken and unspoken prayers on my behalf.

Through His quiet singing over me. His reminders of just how crazy-in-love He is with me.

It’s in those places where I learn how to be still, to rest in Him. I learn I can walk through a trial with His peace.

What about you? How do you quiet yourself when you’re walking through a struggle? In what ways do you “see” Jesus?

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12 thoughts on “Walking Through Trials: Why Is It?”

  1. I quiet myself during times of trial by ramping up Spotify on my laptop and listening to Chris Tomlin nonstop — or my praise and worship station. It’s a great way to refocus both my heart and mind.

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  2. The question of why we walk through trials probably has answers on many levels. Certainly they allow us to experience Jesus immanence, but some trials are so grotesquely awful that seeing them as ‘intended’ to draw one closer to the Godhead would call the quality of Divine Love into serious question, if not doubt.

    What works for me – and what worked for me through a physically trying night, just hours ago – is to use an analogy that links to the position of the United States in today’s world.

    We have lately been engaged in foreign wars to combat groups that pose a threat to our people, but not to the survival of the US. We’re not going to be conquered by the Taliban, and your next mayor will not have Al Qaeda credentials.

    We do have the ability to to completely overwhelm the opposition, and leave, say, Afghanistan a heap of molten rock. We don’t do it because we’re vaporize the innocent along with the guilty. And we pay a price in the blood of our very best young men and women – we ask THEM to pay that price, to be accurate.

    So too, I think, does God tolerate horrible things that happen to His people. Our world is a battleground between good and evil, and while He has the ability to bring things to a swift conclusion and eliminate pain and hunger and heartache, there are too many people who stand in the precincts of the enemy who would be lost. Some are victims of circumstance, some are 99.9% evil – but He can’t turn away from them.

    I’m no theologian, and the analogy breaks down in a number of places, but it’s both comprehensible and workable for me .

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    1. Andrew, I am sorry you had a rough night. It can make for a rough next day.

      I appreciate your analogy. There are many levels of trials, and I like your analogy. It brings some facets of God’s character into sharper focus. There could be a quick end to some trials, but He loves the people who would be lost if they didn’t go through them.

      You did it again. You deepened and broadened some of the things I was thinking that may not have come across. So glad you stopped by.

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  3. Music has ALWAYS played a key role in my life. I learned at a very young age to appreciate well written and performed music, whether that’s a hymn, the Beach Boys’ Barbra Anne, or DC Talk’s ‘Jesus Freak.’
    I have everything from Kenny Rogers to a Welsh lullaby on my current playlist.

    One of my go-to pieces is an old spiritual. It’s completely rustic and compact in its message, but it slays me everytime.
    “In the morning, when I rise,
    In the morning, when I rise,
    In the morning, when I rise,
    Give me Jesus.
    Give me Jesus,
    Give me Jesus.
    You can have the whole world,
    You can have the whole world,
    You can have the whole world,
    Just give me Jesus.”

    I sing that, and I feel weight lift off me like nothing else.

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    1. Love this, Jennifer. I love that song, and I don’t mind it rolling through my head the rest of today. How fun that you have such a broad playlist.

      It’s amazing to see, experience the power music has to change and calm our spirits.

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  4. I can relate. I think we have seasons of ups and downs, and when you’re going through a down season, everything is just hard. Even the things that should be easy are hard. But those seasons bring me closer to God. *hugs*

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    1. Jill, it’s always reassuring to know we aren’t the only ones walking through difficult seasons. There are times when it’s just too much to carry on life-as-usual and I have to scale back my activities and give myself time to just breathe. Some things we learn as we go, yes?

      I’m so glad you stopped by today!

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  5. Ah, music…forgot the music. With apologies to John, Paul, George, and Ringo…

    You say you want a Revelation,
    well, you know,
    God wants to save the world.
    You say works aren’t the real solution,
    well, you know,
    He still wants to save the world.
    But when he offers us all Redemption,
    don’t you know that you can count me in…
    Don’t you know it’s gonna BEEEE
    all right!
    He went and set us FREE
    all right!
    He died for you and ME
    all right!
    ALL right!

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    1. Kathy Troccoli has a beautiful voice! I haven’t heard that rendition of There Is a Redeemer in years. Reciting God’s promises out loud…..haven’t thought to try that. I’m writing it on my list of resources. I’m so glad you shared!

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