Our trials are great opportunities, but all too often we simply
see them as large obstacles. If only we would recognize every
difficult situation as something God has chosen to prove His
love to us, each obstacle would then become a place of shelter
and rest, and a demonstration to others of His inexpressible
power. If we would look for the signs of His glorious handiwork,
then every cloud would indeed become a rainbow, and
every difficult mountain path would become one of ascension,
transformation, and glorification.
If we would look at our past, most of us would realize that
the times we endured the greatest stress and felt that every path
was blocked were the very times our heavenly Father chose to
do the kindest things for us and bestow His richest blessings.
God’s most beautiful jewels are often delivered in rough
packages by very difficult people, but within the package we
will find the very treasures of the King’s palace and the Bridegroom’s
love. A. B. Simpson
We must trust the Lord through the darkness, and honour
Him with unwavering confidence even in the midst of difficult
situations. The reward of this kind of faith will be like that
of an eagle shedding its feathers is said to receive—a renewed
sense of youth and strength. J. R. Macduff
If we could see beyond today
As God can see;
If all the clouds should roll away,
The shadows flee;
O’er present griefs we would not fret.
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
For you and me.
If we could know beyond today
As God does know,
Why dearest treasures pass away
And tears must flow;
And why the darkness leads to light,
Why dreary paths will soon grow bright;
Some day life’s wrongs will be made right,
Faith tells us so.
“If we could see, if we could know,”
We often say,
But God in love a veil does throw
Across our way;
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o’er;
Trust and obey.