“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NKJV)
While going through difficult circumstances, it is hard to see how anything good could come out of them. But when you put your ultimate trust in the Lord, you can believe that it is possible. And even though you know its truth, it is still very hard to believe when you’re the one experiencing those tough times. I know this from first-hand experience.
After I had my youngest son, I had a lot of health problems and ended up having multiple surgeries over the next few years. It was tough caring for two little ones, both under the age of 3, while having health problems and being in pain all the time. I didn’t really know many people where we were living at the time. There were days when I’d ask myself: Where is God? How am I going to get through this? Even though I couldn’t always feel God’s presence, I knew that He would never leave me or forsake me.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,’Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)
He saw and knew all that was going on and I trusted on Him. Romans 8:28 was one of the many verses that helped me to get through that time. I saw that God was allowing it for a reason that I just didn’t understand yet. I knew that He would work it all out for my good. Looking back, I’m thankful for going through all of that because it drew me so much closer to God, and it really assisted in the growth of my faith. I learned how to trust and rely on Him more than ever before. If I hadn’t gone through those trials, I don’t think I would be where I am now in my relationship with the Lord. He was with me every step of the way.
For a time, my health did get better. But four years ago, at my brother’s graduation party, I had a freak accident. I was sitting in a chair out on the lawn when suddenly I was falling backwards; it seemed to happen in slow motion. My head eventually slammed against the peg of the tent we were sitting under. Little did I know, that incident changed my life. I got immensely sick a couple days later and found out I had a bad concussion. I figured it would just get better, but it seemed like it just got worse over time. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.
After going to many specialists, I finally found out that I had gotten an inner ear concussion. Both of my inner ears are damaged and there’s nothing the doctors can do to fix them except give me medicine to help the symptoms. This causes side affects such as dizziness and nausea. I never know how well I’m going to feel day, but thankfully I’ve got Jesus to help me through!
“Sometimes our blessings reach us through the trials they bring. Sometimes God delivers us out of all our trials. Sometimes He keeps us in trials so someone else can be delivered.”
— Heather Whitestone McCallum (Let God Surprise You, 2003)
He is the One I can rely on for strength to get me through each day. He’s the One who I put my trust in daily even when some days I just want to ask: why? Again, I know there’s a reason He allowed this to happen. I can look back on my past health issues and see how He used that time to cause my faith to grow. It made me a stronger person and prepared me for today, the present. So why do I have more health issues now? I don’t know why, but I put my trust in my God who does, and I know that He will use my current trials for my good!
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13, NKJV)
Maybe you’re going through something similar. Know that we have an amazing God who loves us so much. All you have to do is put your trust in Him and He will be with you every step of the way. Spend time in prayer and reading the Bible because some days that’s all you can do. Grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8, NKJV)
Let God be your strength when you don’t have the strength yourself. All you have to do is call on the name of Jesus and ask Him for strength. Blessings!
Jennifer has been married to her wonderful husband for 15 years, and they have two amazing sons. She is a stay-at-home-homeschooling mom. Jennifer and her family reside in Lynchburg, VA.