The richness of adversity…

” I have been driven many times to my knees by the
overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.
My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed
insufficient for the day.”
Abraham Lincoln

Do you ever feel like life is just a bit overwhelming?  Like your hanging by a thread.  The challenges and problems that coexist with every day life seem to scream for all of our attention.  Yet our hearts cry out for peace, stillness, reflection and answers.  And mixed in with all the  mysterious of life  there is a beckoning.  A call” Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   The love of God is lavishly poured out as it were from heavens gates right into the frailty of our human condition.  Jesus doesn’t just tell us it will all be alright  – but assures us that He will provide the strength we need to go through the trials and storms of life.

For the last few months I have been going through a very challenging time in my life.  One that has brought me to a deeper understanding of what it is to Praise God when things are quite imperfect in our life.  I remember as a child I had so many notions of how life would be for me.  I dreamed of happiness and longed for the day when everything would be okay.  But what I have discovered along the way is that life is one gigantic learning curve.  And God’s imprint upon a life comes with great complexity, as His refining and purifying process is worked out in us.  And quite frankly that work often appears to be messy.  Yes, in a society where appearance is so important and control trumps humility,  God has a wonderful way of bringing us to the end of ourselves.

What is our story today?  What are we walking through that is so much larger than us and demands the intervention of an all knowing God to see us through?  How are we facing what is before us?  Are we trusting  Him or are we wanting to fix it our way?  Are we experiencing joy in the storm or holding out for happiness and relief?  If we could but for a moment have a peak at the undertakings, the behind the scenes of what God is up to in our lives I can only imagine that we would be blown away.

Trials come to prove and improve us.  St. Augustine

It is in those places of crisis that we can truly discover the manifold riches that are unleashed when we are solely dependent on God.   Like sustaining joy, continuous peace, grace, love, direction, revelation, hope, purpose, and destiny.  How about healing, restoration, and redemption.  God’s ways are so much higher than ours.

I have to be honest I used to really not appreciate the following Scripture.  I just could not understand how God could allow adversity. I surely appreciated the good things of life…..but I didnt want to share in the sufferings.    “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”  Job 2:10  But I can tell you that the richest times in my relationship with the Lord have come during my most desperate moments in life.  And while right now it may seem like we are holding on by a thread…that thread is Christ and He never lets go of us.

Our suffering is not worthy the name of
suffering. When I consider my crosses,
tribulations, and temptations, I shame myself
almost to death, thinking what are they in
comparison of the sufferings of my blessed
Savior Christ Jesus.
Martin Luther

By Marta VanGerwen © 2011

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6 thoughts on “The richness of adversity…

    • Thank you Velters! I do agree that our difficult times are God’s opportunity in many ways. What I am experiencing is a greater understanding of how deep God’s love is for His creation. How faithful He is. God works all things out for our good…He does exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think….

  1. Interesting comment, but not what I understood that “Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.” , did I miss something? I understood that Marta is going through a rough patch and knows God will hold on to her making her stronger in her beliefs and especially during diversity, or are we saying the same thing? I think the message is that when we are in our deepest diversity,that God is there for us and that we will learn to trust more and more in the lessons from those diversities. Some times, just having him as a friend, being able to share everything and all is enough back from him to help us with the appropriate doors to choose from.

    • Betty…
      I do believe all that we go through is an opportunity for the Lord to reveal Himself to us…and with that comes miracles…because God is a loving God who acts on behalf of His children.
      Thanks for posting.

  2. Thank you Marta for being real and speaking some profound truths. For digging deep into your well of pain that is becoming rich with spiritual wisdom and deep faith. I appreciate you and am thankful you so beautifully share your journey and insights with us! – Gretchen

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