Little Martha was in a hurry to run out the door so she would not be late for school. In her haste, she tripped and fell, hitting her head on the floor. Immediately, a bump appeared and frightened her. As the tears ran down her cheeks, she climbed into her mother’s arms to feel safe and find comfort.
Her Mom, holding her tightly, placed a cold pad on the lump and said, “Let’s pray and ask Jesus to heal you so you can go to school.”
Soon the tears stopped, Martha left her mother’s lap, stood up, and said, “Jesus healed me. Now I can go to school.”
That night when they knelt together to pray, Martha’s mother asked, “What do you want to thank Jesus for tonight.”
“My bump,” answered Martha quickly. “Because now I know He loves me because He made my bump go away.”
“Whenever trouble comes your way,” wrote the Apostle James, “let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has an opportunity to grow.” In the life of every Christian, there is always a connection between the problems we face and the promises of God, and between the hardship of life and the hope of God. And, it is in those “between” when He appears to close the “gap.”
James reminds us to turn our difficulties into opportunities, then grow, and become stronger in our faith. He wants us to understand that troubles are not an end in themselves. They can be a pathway to become like Christ.
Prayer: May we understand and accept, Father, that “whatever comes our way” is for our good, and that we can grow from every hardship if we learn to follow You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-4
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