Hard Times


“I heard you had a hard time in your last location [on the road for Jesus],” a brother in the Lord said one day as we hadn’t seen each other in several months and happened to cross paths.

My response was vastly different than it would have been in the past. The self-pity, complaining, groaning, etc. were absent.

I effectively told him that yes, it had been hard, but that God had done a really big work in the midst of it. In retrospect, I could see He had done one in me and through me. My heart and tone were thankful to God. Oh, what a change!

I have long since learned some of our hardest “locations” – or seasons – in life can be amazing opportunities WHEN WE ARE SURRENDERED TO GOD AND HIS WILL AND THE WORKING OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT for the Lord to do beautiful things on us, in us, and through us.

We can choose to feel sorry for ourselves, complain, and be negative as I am so prone to do when I am not careful, or we can choose joy and thanksgiving. Joy in and through Jesus. Thanksgiving to the Lord.

I have a very long way to go in this and most assuredly need the reminder and strength and working of God’s Holy Spirit in me regarding this issue. But I can say I am at long last desirous to take a different approach to challenging seasons in my life. The approach of learning to put my trust in God, to look to God, to love, seek, and obey God, to be thankful to God, to grow by the hand of God, and to tell others of the glory of God – during, yes, and afterward also.

Need to take a different approach to hard seasons in your life? To challenging “locations”? Look to the Lord! Amen!

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4


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