This is part of a post begun last week (But It’s Snowing! (part 1 of 2)). Without further delay… here you’ll read of my first revelation around finding Joy In The Tribulation. Later posts will expand on this mantra in my life.
I was meditating on “Joys In The Tribulations” since God’s Word (The Bible) tells us we have to find the Joy In The Tribulation. I was wondering how on earth I could find joy in my cell issue, captivity, etc. As I lay there I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You have to acknowledge them, not seek them.” It was profound! That’s why we suffer so much. We refuse to acknowledge what’s already in front of us. So acknowledging God’s glory in this out-of-doors moves me from hating the fence to appreciating what cannot be taken from me – God’s Heavens! And my cell issue moves me to appreciate God’s wish and desire for my growth and giving Him glory in my tribulations because it makes the future that much more valuable! I suppose it sounds “preachy” but if only people who have never had literally everything taken from them could feel these things; it would be a very different world. Imagine finding joy in a traffic jam or while on hold with the cable company, and without complaint. It is possible if we acknowledge that the tribulations we find ourselves in are supposed to be joy inducing. Am I this good about all of it? No way. Am I working to be? Absolutely. Now I see that so much of the suffering I did was my fault and unnecessary. How much life I lost and/or wasted when I think about all the times I blew up over the smallest things – ugh- I have so many regrets now.
We’re not meant to have regrets. But I’m sure everyone reading this, like me, does. God forgives and forgets. (Psalms 103:12, Isaiah 43:25 NKJV) Regrets are so often self-impressed and based on fears that man, our loved ones, or society can’t forgive us when really we need only the forgiveness of God and ourselves. Those who truly love us on earth have already forgiven us or soon will. Forgive yourself. ~ jdoe