Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Blooms During Trials.


Months ago I shared a small taste of the Storms in my Life. They are still here and stronger possibly than ever. Even though I can't see a major end in sight to these specific trials I see the most important end: worship. We are beckoned to worship in each situation and trials even in the midst of our sinful questioning heart. When we experience trials we must be anchored. Anchored to God's Sovereign and good hand, knowing that this pain isn't wasted, it can cause roots to grow even deeper and bloom fruits of making much of Christ. Jason Gray's song, Nothing is Wasted as become a go-to song for the past week and has brought me daily perspective.

"The hurt that broke your heart
and left you trembling in the dark
Feeling lost and alone
Will tell you hope is a lie
But what if every tear you cry
Will seed the ground where joy will grow"

Hope is not a lie. When you are in the middle of trials or suffering and can't see an end know that hope is alive. Hope that God is working this for your good to expose idols in your life and to cause you to Treasure Jesus for the glorious redeemer He is. Every tear you cry, every anguish and pain of the unknown will cause roots to sink down into your belief that God is Sovereign and good in this situation. 

Nothing is wasted. 
In the hands of our Redeemer
Nothing is wasted.

Nothing in the Christian's life is wasted. God will use everything for your good. He will turn what is seemingly meaningless and show you it's not useless but a tool to bring you greater joy in Christ.

"It's from the deepest wounds 
That beauty finds a place to bloom
And you will see before the end
That every broken piece is
Gathered in the heart of Jesus
And what's lost will be found again."

When everything is going as smooth as it can we easily forget Christ. We forget how are very breath, and our spiritual state is dependent on Him. We will not remember our need for Him. In the pain, suffering and trials we are stripped of one of our biggest set backs, our 'seemingly' independence and pride. At this place we will begin to see, by God's grace, that we are in reality completely dependent on Christ. On His righteousness, His perfection, His obedient life, His blood on our behalf to have a right standing before God. When we see this blooms will begin to appear even in the darkest nights because what is sprouting is our understanding that a good, loving, and Sovereign God is with us.
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