cropped-rose-white-and-pinkPsalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statues”

Philippians 1:12, “The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel”

I’ll begin with a short story. A little girl was walking in a flower garden one summer morning and noticed a particularly beautiful flower. She admired its beauty and enjoyed its fragrance. “It’s so pretty!” she exclaimed. As she gazed on it, her eyes followed the stem down to the soil in which it was growing. “This flower is too pretty to be planted in such dirt!” she cried. So, she pulled it up by the roots and ran to the water faucet in order to wash away the soil. It wasn’t very long until the flower wilted and died. Now, when the gardener saw what the little girl had done, he exclaimed, “You have destroyed my finest plant!” “I’m sorry, but I didn’t like it in that dirt,” she said. The gardener replied, “I chose that spot and mixed the soil because I knew that only there could it grow to be a beautiful flower.”

Webster defines the word discontent as a sense of grievance or lack of contentment. If you really think about this, how often do we murmur and complain, because of the circumstances into which God has so sovereignly placed us. What we fail to realize is that He is using our anxieties, trials, and difficulties to bring each of us to a new degree of spiritual beauty and growth. My brethren, contentment only comes when we accept what God is putting us through and thank Him for it. Many times we can’t grow spiritually until we have gone through the fiery trials of life. Our Heavenly Father knows everything about us, and He is making all things work together for our good, whether we realize it or not. The “dirt” where He has planted you is just what you need. So, trust Him completely and allow Him to bring you to maturity.

Further reflection:

When we go through deep trials or suffering, and we will, we must keep foremost in our mind that God is working purposefully and lovingly in our life. Just as a farmer prepares the soil for planting crops in order for them to grow, our God is also careful to select for each of us exactly what we need for our spiritual growth. Thus, our trials aren’t the result of fate. Today may find you in the depths of the valley of despair, but my brethren, you can find courage and strength to keep going, because God’s Eternal Word tells us that His mercies and compassions are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Just as each new day presents us with a different challenge, the Lord reveals the beauty of His character, the fulfillment of His promises, and the tender provision of His grace and mercy. We may not know what today may bring, but we do know this, “God will amaze us with His unfailing, ever new compassions.” Always remember that in the good times of life, your daily fellowship with God helps prepare you for the difficulties that lay ahead. Then, when times of testing do come, God is with you in ways you could never have imagined before.

Our loving God transforms us
And makes us like His Son
By using trials and testing’s
Until His work is done – Sper

God chooses what we go through; we choose how we go through it.