Do you ever feel like nothing in life is simple? I try to view events through an optimistic lens, but too often the pessimist in me wins out.
There are going to be trials in life. Scripture warns us that we have an enemy.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
If it’s not enough to know the enemy is prowling around after us, we’re supposed to count it all joy.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2
Many years ago, early in my Christian walk, a man at a bible study told me the Lord had shown him my heart. He spoke words of encouragement in what he saw. As I began to depart that evening’s event, the man stopped me. He add to what he already told me, saying that I was going to go through refining fire.
I’ve heard teachings where spiritual growth is compared to the refining of metals. Gold and silver can withstand heat and become more beautiful. Basically, the metal is put into a vessel over a fire. As it heats to extreme temperatures, the impurities are burned away. The master refiner monitors the process by pulling the vessel out of the fire and looking into it. The refining is complete when he looks in and sees his own image.
Life can be full of trials. I have to remind myself to count it all joy. Navigating trials is an important part of spiritual growth as the scriptures cite when continuing in James.
Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:3-4
The fires of trials are uncomfortable. They can be painful. But, oh how I want my Master to look upon me and see His image.
I think my current life trial is discouragement. Writing has often been an important outlet for me, and I’ve shared many of my words here on this blog.
This article is part of five minute Friday where writers are given a word and spend five timed minutes writing. Today’s word is “simple.” I am able to sit at my computer and write for five minutes. Unfortunately, I do not find it simple to post words on my blog. Despite being a reasonably intelligent person, I’m convinced technology is a tool of the prowling enemy. The cost, time, and expertise to maintain the site has become a new source of discouragement.
So, my friends, I may be moving my site or leaving the online writing world entirely. I am making inquiries, considering the cost, and most importantly I am praying.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
I welcome any words of encouragement you might offer, and definitely your prayers. This does not feel simple to me. Life does not feel simple. Still, I am striving to view it all through an optimistic lens.