Testing. No one likes testing. No one likes to be tested. Nope. No one. We would avoid trials and testing. But the Lord says: Be thankful for them! Be joyful in trials. Joyful!? Come on, I have a hard time finding joy in normal circumstances. I mean, even when things are good, I struggle with finding joy. Either the fear of the future, the guilt of the past, or the stress of having four kids, homeschooling, and life just crowd out all of the joy.
So, how can joy be a real thing during a time of testing? Because we can choose joy, but we can also steal joy and find joy. So what is joy? And how can testing cause joy?
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
The testing leads to something. We can rejoice, not because it feels good or we are happy in the middle of the hidden tears, but the testing leads to perseverance. The strength. The beauty and change of our soul from the inside out is the reason joy finds us even in the midst of testing.
Let’s not test ourselves on purpose, but let’s not just endure the testing. Oh friend, I am speaking to my own heart. I struggle these days to find joy. I’m doing the right things, and I said the other day, things are brewing. The testing is coming. I know it. As we enter into another adoption, the storms and waves are coming. Sitting on the edge of the ocean. In the distance I see the dark clouds. The swirling of the winds and the crash of waves. The darkness hasn’t quite come to shore, but I know its on its way. And I know it will leave a path of destruction.
So the testing brings heartache. It brings grief, hurt, and devastation. But the testing is also working. It is clearing out the unnecessary. It leads me to find real joy, not a superficial happiness. So let me cling to this time of brewing, let me sing to the Lord in the middle of the storm. Let me dive into His word. Even if its just one verse a day. Let me discover HIM during the time of testing.
Five Minute Free Writes – Every week I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. Each week the prompt is revealed Thursday evening.
You can find more information over at Kate Motaung’s site!.