Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you
Count it all joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!
How many of us memorized these verses growing up never realizing that the planting of
God's Word in our hearts yields many blessings for our lives?
I am thoroughly ashamed to admit that these verses were brought to mind not to soothe my broken heart but to admonish me. Today I let the burdens of my recent life issues take over and bury me in the dungeon of despair. I was trying to carry a heavy yoke that Jesus promises to take if I will only surrender it.
I feel very assured of my salvation at the moment knowing that these trials are producing perseverance. But, I also feel like raising my hand and questioning God on whether He chose the right person for this path. I am honored that He would ask me to walk this path but doesn't He know how weak I am? I am no super-Christian like Ruth.
As I let the recent news (our van of six months has decided it needs a new transmission and possibly a new engine) sink in I also let the state of our future become fearful rather than a point of rejoicing. That is when I heard the "count it all joy" run through my head. Whether or not I feel like I can handle one more negative possibility I must count it all joy because it is through those negatives that God creates a positive in my own heart.