As I sat and looked at the contrast of the not-so-pretty close up view, and the beautiful distant view, I was reminded that this is the way trials look to us while they’re taking place. We look down and there they are stony, hard, difficult, unsightly even. The whole problem is that we’re looking in the wrong place. Our eyes need to be upward. We have to remind ourselves of God’s promises, His presence, and of the future outcome of this trial. We should let our mind (with anticipation) go to thoughts such as,
- I wonder how God is going to be glorified in this?
- How will I see Him take care of this need?
- I wonder what He is going to do?!
- Whose life will be changed because of this trial I’m facing?
- Will I have the opportunity to share the Lord with someone because of this?
- How is my own faith going to be strengthened during this time?
- The Lord could come today!
- God’s Word is true and it says…
When you look upward at the wonder of what God can do, your response will be encouraging – not only to your own heart, but also to those around you! You can remind yourself that in time, this will be a blessing. So swing your legs over the side of the dock and rejoice in a God who sees, and remind yourself that he will make everything beautiful in His time.