I am so often amazed at God’s love and grace. I can’t see Him or feel Him or (audibly) hear Him, but He is so consistent and loving and caring.

As I went through a challenging time a while back, someone I respect greatly said “buddy, if you’ll just hold on and let God do His thing, it will all work out and you’ll have one more experience to grow your faith.”

At the time, I wasn’t real interested in “holding on.” I wanted relief – answers – freedom from the pain. Well, eventually those came, but not in my time. Interestingly, the fears and concerns I had around the circumstances didn’t come true – things worked ok, and I was ok.

Little did I know that there were greater challenges ahead. To my surprise, I’ve been able to get through those too. A big part of overcoming those challenges has been looking back at the times God has come through – saved me – provided for me.

I’m learning, when faced with a situation in which I see no hope, to think back to how God has taken care of me in the past. He has neither left me nor forsaken me. I can gain peace in having faith that He is who He is and will be who He’s always been.

Yes, it sounds silly, and no it doesn’t make any sense – but, all I can say is that’s what’s happened, and I’m great with it!

James 1
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything