We all go through so many different kinds of circumstances in our lives – wedding, childbirth, sickness, job changes, church issues, death of loved ones, and a thousand other varieties of joys and trials.
Well, my family and I are in the process of one of the more trying circumstances of life at the moment – moving house! And as if that isn’t challenging enough with five beautiful children in tow (and all their stuff), the house we are heading to won’t be available for another couple of months yet, so we are in a temporary location – a campground – until then.
I must confess that it’s a New Zealand campground, which is probably the most beautiful kind of campground you can get. Check out our serene view here:
Not too shabby, is it? However, it’s not home, and as homey as we’re trying to make it for the next 10 weeks, it is a stop over… a transition we would have rather avoided.
Our eldest children, aged 12 and 15, feel isolated, disoriented, and pretty miserable, to be honest. And it’s not as hunky-dory a time as I was hoping it would be.
But here’s the thing; this life of ours – and yours – is so temporal, so short, so trivial, while eternity is so permanent, weighty, and everlasting – and…God is *always* more interested in our immortal souls than in our momentary earthly comfort. Click To Tweet
Each and every circumstance that you and I will ever go through during our lifetimes, is carefully designed and custom planned for one reason only – to transform our character further into the likeness of Jesus.
Whatever you’re going through this very day, this very week, is literally the working of God in action in your very soul. Through your current circumstances He is morphing your discontent attitude into one of contentedness, your ungrateful heart into a heart of thanksgiving, He’s changing your anger into peace, your impatience into quiet forebearance, and your distrust into a far deeper faith.
Our part, as believers, in this drama called life, is to surrender.
The Decision That Will Change Everything
I recently found myself in a situation where I learned this lesson of surrendering.
I love the well known hymn, I Surrender All, but yet I realized that I hadn’t done just that when I was faced with a potential D&C following a miscarriage. The last thing I wanted was a D&C. I felt it’s an invasive medical procedure, and I was fighting not to go through it.
But, I knew within myself that there was far more than meets the eye in this circumstance than a surgery. My heart was the object on that operating table, and not my womb!
God dealt with me through this trial and convicted me of not surrendering my “all” to Him. I was holding on to my body, and not giving that to Him to do with what He saw fit to do.
I chose to surrender
It was a far longer process in my soul than typing in those four words was, I assure you. But His peace overtook me.
[I’ve made the point I want to make here, which is to surrender to the Lord and allow Him to bring about whatever He wishes into our lives. But I will just say that when I went to the hospital for my appointment to schedule in the D&C, the most amazing thing happened. The doctor opened up the consultation explaining that she had reviewed my case, and that it seems I will not need a D&C after all! I was gobsmacked.]
I’m not saying that if you surrender to the Lord in every trial you go through, He will completely take it away – it would be great if God decided to do that. But in this case, my Father had accomplished the work that He set out to achieve in my heart, and so He graciously withdrew the tool He used to do it.
A Final Word
God is at work in your life, my friend. Every crisis no matter how great or small, is His divine intervention to transform you into His image, in preparation for Heaven!
Embrace His wisdom in bringing what He does into your lap. Surrender your life to Him, to His intricate workings, to His loving shaping. This time and these exact circumstances in which you find yourselves are gifts from His Hand.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
How do you see God’s fingerprints in your life through what you’re going through right now? I’d love to hear…