“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Life is a mixture of mountaintop and valley views. We are always in route somewhere, be it up or down. Yes, there are the occasional and temporary moments in which we are asked to stand still and not move, but these are still moments of forward progress.
Standing still is what some call, “Waiting on the Lord.” It is NOT inaction, as listening and praying is action. Listening for God’s direction in your life will help to move you along your Christian journey. Your forward movement to your eternal home includes the process of learning God’s will along our way. This requires moments of meditation and prayer.
The Christian journey is a challenge no matter which direction, terrain, or height one must travel. Adam and Eve destroyed all plans for a “easy life” while in a garden filled with all blessings and provisions. Thankfully, God’s grace prevailed when He decided to hold on to us by giving His Son as our Deliverer.
When the Son of God walked the earth, His journey was by no means a comfortable or especially happy one. He, like us, had moments of joy with family and friends, but the sufferings He endured were a part of His journey too. Jesus is a wonderful mediator because He experienced the same ups and downs we experience in life.
God decided NOT to calm the storm in His Son’s life but He did calm Christ’s heart in the Garden of Gethsemane. He allowed the storm to rage on, known to us as His death and resurrection, but He comforted the heart of Jesus. God is merciful and knows our frame. He helped Jesus to persevere onto the next leg of His journey by calming His heart.
Sometimes trials are given to teach us an important lesson in life. They may be sent our way to build up our spiritual character and nature. Surely, difficult times are meant to strengthen us. They serve to develop the necessary perseverance required to carry us through later and more difficult storms. Each struggle we move through and learn from is a building block. The blocks serve as a staircase to heaven where we will finally be LIKE HIM, perfect and unstained by sin.
If you find that your storm continues to rage on, there is a reason He has not calmed your waters. Instead, try asking your Father to calm your heart and give you the courage to continue on in your journey. You will be a witness to those around you who are observing your trial. It is your choice if your witness will amaze and draw others closer to or further away from Christ. Think of your trial as an opportunity to win souls in His name.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)