It’s like a door, open just a crack. An opening that could be the beginning of something grand…
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1:2-4 NLT
Why is it that just when we find out our finances are tighter than we thought, the exhaust system in our commuter car breaks down?
Why does my pregnant friend and her 3 children get sick when her husband goes away on business? (Praying for you, dear.)
Why do troubles pile up all at once, sitting on top of us so that we can’t breathe?
My guess is that there wouldn’t be any doors otherwise. No opportunities for greater joy, as James wrote to the early Church.
These doors lead to endurance, strength of character, deeper faith, and being “mature and complete, not lacking anything,” as the NIV puts it.
I am reminded today to trust the One who opens these doors for me, even if the room beyond appears dark. He is my Light.
“Let your endurance grow…”