Source: (Adapted from the article, Weathering The Storms Of Life by Noel Yeatts; Christian Counseling Connection Vol. 16/Iss.1)
The following article excerpt is based on one’s overwhelming life struggle and what was learned.
How does one who is going through unbearable and indescribable pain, misery, and uncertainty face this deep, dark struggle? One answer is to believe that God is going to do incredible things through this trial of life.
However, before God can use us in light of this circumstance, He made need to teach us come critical lessons as follows:
1. God is ultimately in control and He has our best interest at heart.
Every one of us will be called upon to face adversity. It is a fact of life. We may not be able to see the reason for our trials and challenges, and we might not know the purpose right away, but rest assured that God is sovereign and is working behind the scenes for our benefit.
2. We are never alone.
Even on our weakest days, God is with us. He will never forsake us and longs to gather us under His wings of protection.
3. We need to focus on what really matters.
Charles Swindoll says, “We shouldn’t deny the pain of what happens in our lives. We should just refuse to focus on the valleys.” Consider what is most important to you in life. Then decide not to waste your time and energy worrying about the small stuff. When you focus on what really matters, your family becomes more valuable to you than ever before and each moment becomes so precious.
4. We need to cope one day at a time.
When you are going through a storm, don’t try to take on your entire life—live one day at a time. Minimize the bad days. Maximize the good days. Thank God for today and accept it.
“Opportunity’s favorite disguise is trouble.” -Frank Tyger
Trouble: between a rock and a hard place… when life isn’t the way it is supposed to be. Ever been there? It’s been said that there are only three types of people – those who have just come out of trouble, are in the middle of trouble, or, are somewhere down the road, headed into trouble. Life’s like that.
The children of Israel experienced times of great heartache and trouble. Granted, most often it was brought on by their own actions. Invariably however, these times became opportunities for God to teach His people to trust their true King. Psalm 46 is actually a song to be sung to God in times of trouble. Within it we find amazing expressions of opportunity…
Press in to God. Vs. 1 declares that “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.”(NASV). In an emergency we “dial” 911. In times of trouble we can “dial” Psalm 91:1. When we dwell in the shelter of God, we will abide in His shadow. A place of refuge. And God is not just present. He is very present. The closer a train gets, the louder it becomes. The greater the trouble, the “louder” the presence of God…
Our response to trouble?
1. Don’t fear. “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…” (vs. 2 NASV). No matter what happens, He is in the midst of it. And Paul reminds us “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7 (KJV). Trouble is an opportunity to draw near to God as He draws near to us… without fear.
2. Rest and relax. As difficult as it may seem when you are being pounded by trouble, God wants you to “Be still” and know that He is God (vs. 10 KJ). Let go… drop your hands… let Him be who He is… GOD. Take the opportunity to watch Him do what you could never do in your own strength…
Trouble. While you will probably never welcome it, you will, over time, learn to embrace it as a window for opportunity…