How do you deal with trials?

Our family is once again experiencing trials of epic proportions. This summer has been one trial after another. I became very sick with a condition that has been building over many years. I’ve lost 35 pounds since October 2015, but most of that weight was lost between March and beginning of August of this year.  I’m definitely happy to have lost weight and I’m still trying to eat healthy so even though my health is improving, I would like to continue to lose down to a new goal.

In January our family experienced another stressful setback.

Next thing that happened my brother had emergency surgery about six weeks ago for a life-threatening situation. He survived and is recovering well.

Now we have news again that the stressful situation from January is rearing its ugly head again.

So last night I woke up about 1:30 a.m. and could not get back to sleep with all this stuff swirling around my head. And I’m sure I’m not the only family member who lost sleep. It’s still pre-dawn so I don’t want to start calling or texting.

I finally chose to read my bible and found Job 1:13-19. Each of those verses starts with the previous report still being made to Job about something catastrophic which just happened. Each verse starting with 14 starts with “While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news:…”

Wow, talk about being bombarded with bad news one right after the other. At least I have had some sort of a reprieve between each episode of bad news.

I know our family will get through this, just as Job eventually was blessed for his faith in God through all those catastrophes, even the loss of his children.

I don’t know about you, but I see those people from the Bible stories lived the same kind of lives we live, they had the same doubts, the same reactions to trouble, the same heart wounds that we experience today. But, in the end, they put their faith in knowing God was their provider, He was their healer, and He was the restorer of all that was lost. And I find great comfort in that.

With much difficulty and in my misery and insomnia, I fell back on another Scripture which helps me focus on the good days past and the ones ahead. The days of blessings from my Father.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT

Now I was ready to doze off for a couple of hours. Thank you, Father, for giving us your Word to help in times of trial and tribulation.

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