Many times in life we get discouraged and feel like giving up because
things don’t turn out the way we had hoped. It is important that we look
at the big picture and not let these temporary setbacks and hardships make
us lose focus on Who is in control of guiding our life.
I hope this story will encourage you to continue trusting the Lord and know
the trials of our life will be used to make us stronger and in the end more
useful for God to use.
BAKING A CAKE
A little boy is telling his Grandma how "everything" is going wrong.
School, family problems, severe health problems, etc.
Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would
like a snack, which, of course, he does.
"Here, have some cooking oil."
"Yuck" says the boy.
"How about a couple raw eggs?"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"
"Grandma, those are all yucky!"
To which Grandma replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves,
but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully
delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would
let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He
puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have
to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!"
God is Crazy About You. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise
every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He is there to listen. He can
live anywhere in the universe, and yet He chose your heart.
I want you to be encouraged and know the trials of life serve a meaningful
purpose in making us stronger. If we had it easy all the time, we would
not be useful in doing the work of the Lord. Just as a seed has the
determination in fighting through the ground that is trying to suffocate it
and keep the seed from breaking forth to its glorious destination, so it is
with us when we go through problems that try to keep us down. We need to
have the mind set that we will break through and be victorious over every
obstacle. The seed fights through and is stronger in the end, and we need
to have the same determination and know in the end, we will be stronger
and more able to handle life’s challenges.
Do not lose heart if life is not easy for you right now, but encourage
yourself and know you will be much stronger mentally and physically because
of the trials of life. In the end we will be grateful to the Lord for
building our character through life’s challenges.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on
your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct
your paths. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord
and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything, a season for every
activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant
and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear
down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather
stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a
time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and
a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our present troubles are quite small and won’t
last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that
will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now;
rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we
see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for
the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose...”
All scriptures can be found in the New Living Translation.
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry