YOU CAN FIND YOUR JOY EVEN IN THE MIDST OF TRIALS
Oh joy! This morning, I woke to a very cold house! Our heating system had decided to start spewing forth nasty exhaust fumes! So, until we can get someone in to fix the problem, we’ve been limping along with a few space heaters and our oven for heat!
We have an old, drafty 6 bedroom farmhouse. And even after closing off all rooms that are not presently in use, it is still very, VERY cold in our house!
However, I had decided NOT to let this get me down… I decided to ‘James 1:2 it.’
This little quote came from a conversation my best friend and I had had a number of years ago. It was during a time of great trial in our paralleled lives. James 1:2 tells us to ‘Consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds.’
Why, ‘because… the testing of your faith develops perseverance.’
CONSIDER IT PURE JOY… EVEN WHEN THE ELECTRICITY GOES OUT
I was glad when I decided to ‘James 1:2 it’ with the heating situation. I thanked God that I still had some form of heat with these freezing temperatures, especially with the threat of a snow storm this week.
But even after I decided to ‘consider it pure joy,’ my perseverance, or patience, was tested even further, when the electricity shut off!
My first thought was ‘how are we to keep from freezing or make meals to eat?!? Everything in our house is run by electricity! That means, no heat! No cooking! No water! Our pump for the well runs on electricity, too!! How would we survive?
Here we are 2 1/2 years after we moved to the country, for a more sustainable lifestyle, and I’m worrying how we’re going to eat and stay warm… and let’s not forget about bathing…
The joy I was feeling from the knowledge that I at least had the space heaters and the stove for cooking, left me! My heart sank!
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
However, while spending some quiet time with the Lord, I was reminded that I am not to worry.
I Peter 5:7 tells us to “Cast all your cares (our anxieties and concerns) on Him, because He cares for us.” And over in Matthew 6:25-34, he tells us that we are not to worry about what we will eat or drink or even about what we will wear.’ Even the birds of the air don’t sow or reap, nor do they store food in barns, yet our Heavenly Father takes care of them!
After reading these promises, I felt my joy, my gladness of heart start to return… even more so, when the electricity was restored!
I was glad that I had decided to not let this situation get the better of me!
Did it make it any warmer in the house? — No, I’m still quite cold! I plan to hibernate under the covers in front of the television. But, at last we have heat, and we can cook our meals indoors! Thankfully, I will NOT have to stand outside in the freezing weather to cook our meals on the grill!