Do trials destroy or build up?

Sometimes life has a way of throwing a lot of crap at us. That’s not the most delicate way of putting things, but it gets the point across that things happen sometimes beyond our control which seems like everything is going against us. When things start piling on, sometimes it’s all we can do to just hold on and hope that thread is strong enough.

I remember reading a story once about a farmer who noticed a bird was building her nest in a dead fall of old branches and tangled dried brush. He knew that was a dangerous place for eggs to hatch, so he tore the nest down. The next day the bird was back, rebuilding in the same spot, so again the farmer tore the nest down. The couple of days later, he noticed she had built the nest in a tree next to his back door. He left it alone, knowing it was a more secure spot. Before the eggs hatched, a fire destroyed the dead fall, branches and brush clearing the area for planting.

Sometimes things happen; we work hard, building things… a life, a home and it can be wiped out in an instant. Natural disasters happen and can be tragic, but sometimes blessings can come out of them. We need to trust even in the hardest times that God will work out a plan for good out of whatever bad happens.

I know in the past when we’d been hit by a couple of hurricanes and a wild fire a lot of what we worked hard for was destroyed. We had saved a decent nest egg, living below what we could have, so we’d have savings when we needed it. Thankfully we had it and used most of it to replace and rebuild what was damaged or lost, but we never seemed to be able to save after that. I’ll admit, it’s hard to live without much sometimes, but in a way, it builds up character in us, if not perseverance.

I’ve heard it said that God never gives us more than we can handle. I can understand people wanting to believe that, but there’s really nothing in the Bible that supports that theory. He sometimes allows things to happen, knowing we can’t handle them- because it will help us turn completely over to Him that which is His to handle.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Jesus tells us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

He’s telling us that alone, the plowing is impossible, but yoked together with Him, side by side, the row is straight and easier to plow.

There’s nothing wrong with depending on our own hard work and ingenuity, but when so much happens at a time, it can teach us to depend more on God’s provisions which are eternal. It gives a different perspective and makes us realize that we have much more than just material things. It gives us hope and a different heart for those who have less.

Life isn’t always easy, and yet those who go through more are made stronger through it and still have hope. I see a difference between those who seem to have it made, yet crumble at the first little defeat and yet those who go through real hardships time and time again- they are the true survivors.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:1-5