Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
James 1:2-3 (ESV)
There is joy to be found in even our toughest struggles. I had to learn this the hard way. In 2004 I was informed that I had a medical condition that would make it virtually impossible for me to become pregnant without some form of medical help. This was devastating news. Despite the previous diagnosis, one Monday afternoon in March 2007, I discovered that I was pregnant. This came as an enormous shock, but it was one of the happiest days of my life. However, it was followed only two days later with the worst day of my life. That Wednesday, I had a miscarriage.
I cannot tell you that I experienced any joy that day, or for the following weeks. I was crushed. I felt like the one chance I would have ever possibly had to have a baby of my own was lost. I experienced sadness like I had never felt before.
So how can I “count it all joy”? How can losing a baby bring anyone joy? The answer is this…My prayer life was strengthened. My relationship with God was strengthened. I learned to seek God’s will in my life and not my own. I have a child in heaven that waits on me that has never had to experience sadness, hardship, pain, rejection or heartbreak. What more could a parent wish for their child?
We need to be broken so we can be molded. We have to trust God’s plan. Only melted gold can be made into coins; only softened wax can receive a seal; and only truly broken hearts will carry the mark of the Potter’s hands.
As we struggle with life, whether it be finances, relationships, death, etc. we should count it all joy because our faith will grow through the trials and tribulation. When the hand of God is at work and the clay is fresh in the Potter’s hand the vessel can be shaped according to His plan. No one welcomes troubling times, but if you are experiencing them, consider this a time to strengthen your faith. Anything that has happened or is happening to build your relationship with the Lord should be counted joy. I did not like the circumstances of March 2007, but I am joyful for the outcome. A closer walk with God is work an ocean of tears.
Remember ALL things work for the good for those that love the Lord- Romans 8:28. It is not that all things are good, but all things will work for good.
I would like to mention that God has blessed me with two wonderful, healthy boys. I never once received any medical help. I relied solely on the Great Physician.
Written in service to first love- Jesus Christ,
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