What’s So Joyful about a Trial?
My friend Nelma inspired me at a Christmas party when she explained that she memorized the book of Philippians in 2011. Ok – wow. She reminded me it started for her with an email from me. I forwarded to her an invitation to memorize Philippians. Oh yes I started it too, but within a few weeks, the idea was brief memory for me. Not Nelma – she did it! And you could tell she was a new person because of what she learned by spending that much time with God’s words.
I’ve been drawn to the book of James for several years without really having a reason. And thanks to Nelma’s inspiration, I am embarking on a journey of memorizing the book of James (the New Living Translation). I’ve found the best times to practice it is while I’m on the treadmill. I say the verses outloud and sometimes create hand motions to go with the words. Yes – the hand motions are goofy and can lead to sliding off the treadmill if I’m not careful.
I’ve already learned so much. Here’s a major nugget from the first few verses:
Brothers & Sisters – when trouble comes your way consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY (emphasis mine)!
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 full developed, you will be perfect and complete
NEEDING NOTHING! (emphasis mine again)
You’ve probably heard the “Count it all joy” over a thousand times. I have. But now, I know the rest of the story. Why should I consider a trial an opportunity for great joy? Because the end result is ….. I will become complete, perfect, needing nothing!
In my own words – I will become all that God created me to be. I will be the complete version of Jennifer O. White when I allow my faith to be tested by trials. I will learn to endure those trials allowing God to do in me and through me all that He decided long ago He wanted to do.
That is GOOD NEWS people! Trials = Joy because I get to be the real me when I endure them.
Now I am working to apply this good news to my current trials which include a commuter marriage with my sweet David, living 2 states away from some of the people I cherish the most, and feeling inadequate in my marketing job. All these things are opportunities for celebration because they have purpose – an eternal purpose.
Can you look ahead of your current trial and see the end result God has in mind? Let’s try it together.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.