Living Through Trials
Trials are part of life. Everyone goes through them. It’s not a matter of “if” you will go through trials, but “when.” Someone has said that everyone is either going through a storm, about to go into a storm, or just coming out of a storm. Country musician Randy Travis had a song years ago entitled, “The Storms Of Life.” Some of the lyrics were, “The storms of life are washing me away.” Indeed, the storms of life are tough.
So, how do we navigate the storms of life? As believers, we lean on our faith. That is not to say that our faith removes the pain of the storms because it doesn’t. But, our faith helps us deal with the pain.
I have friends who live in Mississippi. I met these folks in my first church and have kept in touch with them. They have gone through some tough times. Of the adversity they have faced, perhaps the toughest was the loss of a child. They had a son who was killed in a car wreck.
Recently, the mother did a Facebook post on the anniversary of her son’s death. She talked about missing her son etc… And then she said, “We have not necessarily gotten through it but instead have learned to ‘live around it.’” That phrase caught my attention.
“We have not gotten through it, but have learned to live around it.” That’s true of many of us. We talk about “getting through” the tough times. But some times we don’t “get through.” Many times we learn to “live around” a trial as opposed to getting through it.
Let me explain… there are certain trials that may never stop causing us pain. If you have lost a loved one, it may be that certain things that loved one did causes you to tear up. Or maybe, it’s very tough at Christmas because that’s when you are remembering family.
That pain doesn’t stop. We may not come to a point where we can say, “I’m over it… No more pain.” Instead, we learn to “live around” the pain.
In the book of II Corinthians, the apostle Paul said he prayed three times for a thorn in the flesh to be removed. But, instead of removing it, the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee” (II Cor. 12:9).
Maybe there is something that happened several years ago and you are still dealing with the pain. You may even think at times, that you thought you would have been over it by now. Friend, you may not “get over it”… Instead you may learn to “live around it.”
God told Paul “my grace is sufficient for thee” and that applies to us as well. God gives us the strength to “live around” a trial when maybe we can’t get through it.