I questioned: Why Lord? Why would you require this of me; of my hard-working husband? And if I’m honest with myself…Lord I’ve been obedient to you in this area of my life, now why then won’t you make things easy?
I know this is a small trial. Women have endured much worse, and I probably will too someday. But as children of God, when we are vulnerable, when we are weak, when we face things we wish we didn’t have to is when we are most refined. We find ourselves in a place where we realize the Lord is calling us to lean on Him more heavily. The valley is the place we learn.
As Voddie Baucham says, “In some ways our lives are like a tube of toothpaste. You don’t really know what’s in there til you squeeze it and see what comes out”
If I am squeezed and a sinful response of complaint and distrust comes out, I know I have a long way to go.
If I am squeezed and an unexplainable dependence and trust in the Lord is what comes out, I can know that He is conforming me to His image.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Psalm 82:3-4 ESV
I can rest because I know God has put me in this place, and that He even provides a nest for the birds to lay their young. I can yield myself up to His perfiect providences. Any control I thought I had was an illusion anyway. He holds me in His arms and can I be unsafe where He has placed me? I can let go of restless uncertainties and anxious desires. I can abide, as David did, under the shadow of the Almighty.
What trials or sudden disappointments are you facing today? Financial hardships, marital strife, infertility, rebellious children or burdens within your life that no one knows but you and the Lord? May we all step willingly and joyously into the refiner’s fire, knowing that our God will show Himself faithful, that trials produce endurance, which produce character, which produce hope (Romans 5:3-5). http://www.titus2atthewell.com