"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 1:2-8 (NLT)
When my boys were younger and it would rain, my wife would tell them to go get their rain boots and play outside. They would love it. We have pictures and videos from these times and they are always heartwarming to look at.
Somewhere from childhood to the teenage years (and especially adulthood), playing in the rain loses its magic. Instead of getting our rain boots on when it begins to drizzle, we take out our umbrellas or run for cover.
Rain is rarely convenient and usually uncomfortable. The only exceptions to this are drought or being stranded in the desert. Even though rain is inconvenient and uncomfortable, it is necessary. It is necessary for life. Without rain, life (plants and people) as we know it would begin to dry out and die.
Just like nature needs the rain, people need the rain of trails and hardships. They are uncomfortable and inconvenient, but necessary for us to grow and experience true life in Jesus. James says that when we understand this truth and see the trials we face as opportunities and not just inconveniences, we will have joy in the midst of our confusion and pain.
Next time it begins to rain, instead of running for cover, why don't you get your rain boots and play (rejoice). Rejoice because you know that when the rain stops, like a plant soaking in the water after the storm, you will grow. Rejoice because your surrender and trust in Jesus are allowing you to become more and more like Him.
What are you facing? Trust Jesus and go and get your rain boots on? Rain never lasts forever.
Lord Jesus, forgive me when instead of trusting You during the storm, I run for cover. Help me to get my rain boots on and rejoice that another opportunity to grow in my relationship with you is at hand. Thank you for Your faithfulness and love for me doesn't waver no matter what I do or face. Amen