Friday, September 11, 2009

lifes little lessons through trials

Today was another day I took my mom to the eye specialist. She has been battling this for one year now and I believe its coming to an end. Today as the doctor was looking into her eye that he did surgery on just a week ago, he said her eye looked great. Now all she has to do is have patience and wait for the healing to come. She already has some sight in her eye in just one week. God was so good to send us to one of the best doctors in the area, and to have hands that the Lord has blessed to bring healing to so many. He told us today of a little girl, only seven who has the same thing wrong with her eye. One of her eyes is just great, so he began checking her vision, which he knew would be horrible in her left eye, but low and behold she passed that eye test perfect. The doctor said,"Wow, that is amazing you can see so well with the disease you have", and the little one spoke up and said, "Well, I kinda cheated a little, while I had my other eye covered I peeked through my fingers." What a sweet little one, who is afraid of surgery and here she is peeking through to hopefully have the doctor say she didn't need the surgery after all. Aren't we like this too with things we are afraid of? We know what is facing us, we know what must be done, but we try to find a way around it, we try to take a peek so we too do not have to face the trials of life. My friend I have learned no matter how much we struggle to find our way around troubles, nothing keeps them at bay long. Trials always seem to find us, some come as little thunder bursts, and some are down pours. I know we are to push through. We must go through those valleys to get to the mountain top. For us to grow in Christ those trials will come, but we have His hope and love to get us through each one. I pray that my mom's trials with her eyes are coming to an end, and God will restore her sight fully. As I think of the little girl, afraid to go forward, I too am like her. I have watched my mom go through some days in which I wasn't sure what was going to happen. Its hard to have patience, its hard to understand, but I think life is just hard at times and the closer we get to our Lord Jesus, the more peace we have when we are faced with the trials of life. "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:3-5 For me, this has become one of my life verses, one that I can hold on to and know the trials I go through are part of my purpose and plan in life to make me the person God has chosen me to be. For whatever you are going through today, whether it be taking care of your aging parent, losing a loved one, the loss of your job, or the stress of everyday life, God is there for you. We can only grow stronger from the trials that make us feel so weak. Although we may feel weak, God's strength comes in and lifts us up and carries us through each one, making us better equipped to handle whatever else comes our way. The trials that we face and come through with perseverance we can help others overcome trials in their life by sharing ours from our hearts. I have watched my mother grow with each trial she has faced. Just when she is ready to give up, the Lord comes and shows her the way, leads her forward, and fills her with His peace. God is so good no matter what we are going through. Bless the little one today who taught me that taking a peek isn't going to get me through my trials, but my trials will get me through to the other peak~
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