What is the ultimate goal of my joys and trials?
In the middle of this past summer, I suddenly found out that my younger sister had cancer. I was shocked, scared, upset, and that was all I could think about. It was the last thing I expected to happen this summer. The day I found out was especially hard, so many emotions, and I just wept. At first her diagnosis was even worse than what it turned out to be, so it was a very scary time. The night before that, I was able to sit in on a message at camp, which I am not usually able to do with the kiddos. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and has helped changed my thinking the last few months. The speaker was preaching through Psalm 73. The last verse says, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." (If you are feeling discouraged, go read Psalm 73:)) We think we know what is good for us, but really, being close to God is what is best. Sometimes God brings us close to Him by meeting a huge need financially or giving us a friend, and sometimes God draws us close to Him by having us run low on money, being lonely, the sickness of a loved one, or another big trial in our lives. We can’t understand God or how He works, so we have to trust Him and know that what He has allowed is for our good- to draw us near to Him. In the end, when we have this mindset, we are able to declare His works to all those around us. Because He only is our Rock and Fortress, we don’t have to be moved by the trials that come in our life. The nearness of God is our good- so whatever will bring us close to Him will be good for us.