…Dear brothers and sisters. When troubles come your way, consider it and for great Joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 (NLT)
A lot of times when trouble comes knocking on the door I run. I run the other direction because I start giving ear to the voice of the so many emotions. I begin to panic and start thinking of all the things that could go wrong.
Knowing the first thing I should do is PRAY, I instead cry, worry, or get upset …
God is saying stand strong in your faith
If you do the storm will have no effect on you.
I think about a tree during a storm and how it just stands there being whipped around by the winds… the rain is pouring – drowning the roots… the leaves are falling off, and it stands there taking it all.
After the storm passes the tree is still standing and depending what type of tree it is…it will produce some kind of fruit, or bloom into something beautiful.
I believe that this is what God is wanting us to do as well. He never said we would be without troubles, and he did not design us to give in , but instead stand strong and count on him to protect us and guide us through.
We should want nothing more than to be that tree that is not only standing …. but standing stronger because we used our faith and put our TRUST IN GOD.