Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Joy Through The Pain...?
James 1: 2, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. How many times have you read this or heard a sermon about it? How many times did it go past your way of thinking? Think about it, is there really any joy in hurting or feeling miserable? As we well know, life is not a smooth highway without bumps, near misses, accidents, and road blocks. Which is why the verse states, "whenever you face", not "if by chance" or "just in case". If you are alive right now reading this most likely you have already faced many trials and I am sure during those times that joy was not to be found anywhere. We certainly do not go to a suffering family who just lost a loved one and tell them sing with me, "I got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart". Let's insert a couple of more verses; 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. There is a saying, "time heals all wounds", there is a hint of truth in that saying. Time will heal and what happens, at least in my mind is that you do grow stronger. We will endure hardship (which will test our faith)and if we persevere (let time do it's work), then we will be mature and complete(stronger and able to lead another through it). I try to walk the talk so here is a example from my life. I was working in Colorado as a phone tech and I was both a outside and inside tech, a combo tech. Basically if you see a phone tech outside and he is working on cable, at your house, in a green ped by the road, or drinking coffee at the donut shop (just joking on that last part), he/she is outside or plant tech. If you never see a phone guy except for one going into the phone office, working in a silver can by the highway, or at a diner (joking again)then he/she is inside or central office. Now that the phone lesson is over, I was doing both plant and central office tech among other things. Before Colorado I only did inside. It started out smoothly but started getting bad very quick. I lost my ambition, hated Sunday's because it meant I had to go to work Monday morning. My wife was upset because, I needed company in my misery, thought my life just absolutely sucked and was a angry man. I blamed God for this path I chose. The work load was horrendous. At one point my wife told me that she would rather I be unemployed then to go through another day of misery. To top it all we were in the middle of remodeling the house. I just wanted out and came up with a plan to go to school and become a R.N. and be finished with the whole thing. God had other plans and here I am in Missouri back to doing what I was born to do, job wise. I am happy and God blessed me. Now if I would have just endured, had faith in God sooner, and marched on, it would have been a lot smoother. I am stronger now and looking back, I realize that whole thing was school time. You will cry, be mad, feel lost, and alone, but remember, you are God's own, you will count it as joy when hardships come because in the end, God never left you, it is just the crap of this world, and God has a 5 star hotel room waiting for you. May God keep you in his grip.