Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
In this blog, I wanted to share how great our God is and how intentional He is through an experience I had today in Adoration.
As I sat in the presence of Jesus in the Adoration chapel, I looked upon the Blessed Sacrament and became overwhelmed with joy. The monstrance was radiating as the sun passed through the stain glass windows above and recent events in my life passed before my eyes.
I thought about Lysa Terkeurst’s talk from this past weekend and the verses from James 1:2-4 that she phenomenally unpacked. This morning, I was reminded of those exact verses by a friend from work that had absolutely no idea about the talk at the conference. And last week, my youngest daughter read a devotion about thanking Jesus when our life feels more and more out of control. As I sat there, I was reflecting on these encounters of considering it joy and thanking God when I am in the midst of my trials, knowing this will press me and test me and the fruits of perseverance will be produced. Most recently, I have really been tested yet I sat there smiling with joy. As I was sitting in the chapel looking upon my Lord I also began to see how God’s love and grace transformed my life. I was reminded of my story and how I am visibly transformed from the mere telling of my story from the pain and darkness into the love and light of Christ. My resurrection story is a place I can go to and see the result of God’s pressing and molding. It is not a place I go to and drag up my pain and hurt. When I am reminded of my story, I can only smile as there is joy in my story, despite the pain. I have risen from a place that was unhealthy and it was only from the hand of my God and the love I found in my faith in Christ. As I see the smile this produces, I am strengthened in the trial I go through today because I know that the God I love, my Lord, my Jesus will be intentional in this trial as much as He was in the one I endured many years ago. Through the perseverance, He will make me “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” I wanted to share this from a place of joy and acceptance, a place of strength and endurance, a place of perseverance that is within me and each of you through our faith and trust in God and His intentional plan in our lives. May His presence radiate within you the joy that is found in the midst of your trials as He produces perseverance and makes you “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
May God’s blessings be upon each of you.