“It seems odd, but usually our greatest trial is what molds and shapes us. It gives us character, backbone, courage, wisdom, discernment, and friendships that are not shallow.” ~Randy Alcorn in If God is Good
Trials come to all of us. There’s your every day, garden-variety trial – not enough money at the end of the month, an afternoon headache, an irritating person, a job you don’t like.
Then there are what we might consider larger trials – the loss of a loved one, facing a chronic illness, a child who’s away from the Lord, a job loss.
Yet I’ve found that it truly is through our trials that we grow the most, that we find ourselves becoming more conformed to His image. When my husband had back surgery last year, I learned more about prayer and trusting God than I had in a long time. Losing our first child due to anencephaly taught me amazing lessons about God’s goodness, His grace, His peace, His perfect timing, and His love and care for me.
I love the phrase Alcorn uses – “friendships that are not shallow.” Whether it’s family members or friends or church members, once they’ve walked with you through a deep valley, the relationship is forever sweeter and closer.
In the same book I mentioned above, Alcorn says, “God never wastes our pain.” Whether that’s physical or emotional pain, I believe that there’s always a purpose to it. Even when we can’t see it, He is always, always working for our good and His glory
So whatever trials you and I are facing today, I pray that we will recognize that God is developing in us those traits that will make us more like His Son and that, by His grace, we can come through our trial a stronger, more trusting Christian.