Worship practice today was riddled with technical problems. First my piano wouldn’t turn on (and in the mess of cords, it’s hard to figure out what’s plugged in or not); my microphone cut out, along with another person’s; no sound was coming through the monitors; and my microphone comes back only to start crackling and popping. It’s as if the problems will never end!
Doesn’t life feel like that sometimes? It’s as if the problems just keep on coming, and there’s no end in sight. A situation like that quickly becomes stressful and depressing.
Fellow Christians are quick to bring encouragement. “Just be strong in the Lord,” they may say. “He will bring you through these hard times.”
True, very true. God will carry us through. There is an end, even if we can’t see it. But there’s so much more to it than that.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
There’s more to the trials in life than just getting through them. When we put our faith and hope in God, look past the troubles that surround us and just focus on Him, we can find joy–even in the midst of our troubles.
God isn’t waiting on the other side of your trials and pulling you through. He’s there with you; He’s by your side in the midst of your troubles. When we’re focusing on God instead of the storms all around, you can be strong enough to walk on water–you can find joy, because He’s there.