“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven.”-Psalm 107:28-30
There was a story I heard the other day about a young boy battling a cancerous tumor. He was going to face several rounds of chemotherapy and other treatments that would be painful and hard on his body, but they were optimistic the methods were going to result in taking the cancer away.
The parents were struggling, but hopeful.
The story ended with the boy asking for prayer. Yet , it wasn’t the prayer I would have expected to hear from a young child’s mouth, or even an adult for that matter. The boy requested prayer for:
1. His family to have strength to handle the process.
2. For many people to come to know who Jesus is through the work.
Talk about powerful!
The perspective this young man has is phenomenal. His focus is not on himself, but others and the glory of God. His peace from his pain is found in healing for others.
His storm is allowing him to reflect on the value of life, not just his own, but his parent’s and the people of the world who would connect with his story. His story has no guarantees, but the love and joy of Christ does.
Our storms are real. Just like this young man, we face heavy trials that could be life altering. The struggles will challenge our trust, hope, and peace, but our perspective will determine our response to the challenges.
If we focus on how horrible our lives are during the trial, then we are holding a “me-centered” perspective and it will drain us. We will lose hope quickly and our peace will be based on how well we are feeling at that moment.
Our peace cannot be based on our own feelings because they are swayed so easily. We have a God who is consistent and will remain with us through the darkest of times and that is where our peace should be found.
When we face our struggles, we should also recognize the fact that others are impacted by our attitude in our storm. The glory of God is revealed as we work through the challenges.
We shine a light on the world when we reflect on Christ and reveal His nature in our time of unrest.
The challenge is not allowing ourselves to be so self-centered that we believe we are the only one facing the storm. We are connected in community. When others are going through troubles, we are all facing them together.
We can find peace in the storm when we don’t focus on ourselves so much that we miss the influence we have on others.
Somewhere down the line there will be someone who will face the same trial. Will they call on you for aid or flee from you due to the way you responded to the crashing waves around you.
May we focus on others in our struggles. May we focus on the glory of God in the midst of the crashing waves. May we find peace in our connection with community.
QUESTION: How do you respond to your trials?