Archives for December 2015

Trust the Process

By Kendra Clarke

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory” (1 Peter 4:13). 

In life, you will encounter your share of ups and downs, highs and lows, and times when you will struggle emotionally, physically, mentally or spiritually. The good times may seem to be so few and far between, while the bad times will seem to have no end. In the midst of it all, always remember that you will never be alone for God says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). When you “commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (Psalm 37:5). With God as your guide, though the road may be a little bumpy, you will get there safely, you will have everything you need and you will be better and stronger than you were before your trial. No one else in your life will be able to guarantee you safe passage along your life’s journey, but your Creator.

You are Being Pruned

The bad times will be uncomfortable, but they all work together under God’s greater plan. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Just like you being alive, He would not have allowed the trials to come your way, if he didn’t have a reason. The hard times come to test your resolve and your faith, but while you are going through, you are being pruned, reformed and refined spiritually in the image of Jesus Christ. My first experience being pruned, was as an 18 year old in Marine Corps Boot Camp. I wondered, at first, what in the world I had done, but there was no turning back. In training, I had absolutely no control over my life. The only decision I could make was to refuse to train and be sent home. I was told when to get up in the morning, when and what to eat and when to go to sleep. They planned my schedule from sunrise to sunset, I could wear no watch, but they always got me where I needed to be right on-time. Only the Drill Instructors knew where I was going and what time I had to be there, so I had to trust them with my life and well-being.

Trust the Process

After awhile, I just gave-in and decided not to fight the process, but to trust the process. This is how it is with God. It starts with you making a choice and then proceeding to step out on faith, where flying blind is always a terrifying experience at first. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that, “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him”. As time flies and your faith grows, the more comfortable you become with having God lead. Good or bad, you know that it will be for your good and that God does what He does, not to harm you but to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Nothing is ever wasted with God. I always say, that each experience is meant to get you in shape for your next mission or test. The quicker you learn and pass your test, the sooner you can move on to the next. This will continue throughout your life, until God calls you home and on that day, I pray that you will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23).

 

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