April Showers Bring May Flowers (April 3, 2009)

For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45, ESV).

Are you struggling through a particularly difficult period of your life right now?  Do you get frustrated when others seem to catch all of the breaks, often at your expense?  Do you find yourself remarking that sometimes life just isn’t fair?

There are times in life when events happen that don’t make sense.  We may be walking tightly with the Lord, and yet, we find ourselves in the midst of suffering.  Maybe you’re experiencing illness, or the death of a loved one.  Maybe you’ve finally understood the root of an addiction and are well on your way to overcoming it, and for no apparent reason find yourself falling back into your old ways.  Whatever it is, I understand the confusion and desperation you may be feeling.  The more difficult life becomes, the more we try to understand the purpose of our pain and wonder if we’ve caused it.

Truthfully, our suffering may be a result of our decisions, but it doesn’t have to be.  Sometimes, difficult life experiences are designed to help us grow as Christians.  We live in a fallen world, and must accept the reality that life may sometimes be tough.  But, take heart.  God is in control, and will use our struggles for His glory – if we open our hearts to this possibility.  The rain God showers us with will grow our hearts into beautiful flowers.

I’ve often told my customers that if science were easy, then everyone would do it, and it would not be rewarding.  The same can be said for the Christian life.  If we experienced no challenges, we would become complacent in our present state.  There would be no need for faith and our stagnation would leave us unfulfilled.  Having faith in God in the midst of tribulation allows us to become more mature Christians, and prepares our hearts for time when we will spend eternity with Jesus.

If you’re struggling, ask God to show you the path He desires for you.  Acknowledge that He is in control, and while you may not understand His will, He does and has a definite plan for your life.  Above all, have faith in God, and be open to the rainy days of life – for without rain, flowers would never bloom.

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