Rejoicing in Trials
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Psalm 98:4
“Let us sing even when we do not feel like it, for this we may give wings to leaden feet and turn weariness into strength.” J. J. Jowett
As I age, I sense losses of abilities…physically. I have had three spinal surgeries and one hip replacement. I will be having knee arthroscopic surgery at the end of May to repair a torn Meniscus and remove some arthritic growth…more physical therapy and using a walker or cane or both. I am becoming limited in being able to do things I used to do with no thought. I just did them.
But God and Mr. Jowett remind me that joy is a fruit of the Spirit and I have the Holy Spirit living in me.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
So I sing.
I remember Who placed song in my heart and Who gave me freedom to rejoice in all that I am and all that I am given, no matter what phase of my life I am in.
Last week, I played with color and the fruit of the Spirit. I am still coloring in my heart and now I am singing, humming in color. I don’t always feel colorful, yet my heart does because of the LORD. He fills me up and gives me joy and loves me through these hard things, so He fills me up with colorfilled songs.
Father God, You are the God of all creation. You know the trials of my body, of my soul, and of my mind. You know my heartaches too. You also know that I want to be able to do everything I “should” be able to do. Growing older is hard, Father. I miss being able to bend with ease. I wish I did not have to think about the way I pick up a book from the floor or the way I need to walk with extra care. Father, I wish it would be easier. But it isn’t and I am sad. Yet, these trials are only for a time. Even if I live many more years, I know…I KNOW…that one day, I will be with You in Heaven and will have a perfect body. The heart and soul aches of this life, from loss of family and friends, from physical struggles of various kinds, from knowing that this world is not of You…seeing evidence every day on the news, even in nearby places, I KNOW that one day…ONE DAY…I will have only You to kneel before and praise. So I begin NOW and sing praises to Your Holy Name. I REJOICE and thank You for always being with me.
“Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by Me from before your birth,
carried from the womb; even to your old age I am He,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.” Isaiah 46:3-4
And I will remember –
The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Psalm 92:12-15
and that I am to …
…fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
I pray in the Wondrous Name of Jesus. Amen.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride….
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2nd picture: “colors, colours, crayons, music, notes, photography, pretty” by abigaylee @ http://favim.com/image/81928/
3rd picture: Musical Note: http://www.mouserunner.net/Spheres_Free_Musical_Notes