I confess that I have not matured in my faith sufficiently to ask God to send me trials, but when they come uninvited, I accept them without bitterness, trusting God will use them to help me grow more like my Savior. In the letter of James 1: 2 he addressed this when he wrote:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of different kinds. Because you know the testing of your faith produces patience.”
He continued by saying we are to allow patience to run its course and be perfected, and blessed is the man, who remains patient under trials: for when he has endured the test, he will receive the crown of life; which God has promised those who love Him.
When Hurricane Matthew damaged my house, and I knew of no other houses in the housing addition suffering water damage resulting in mold, I wondered why my house and no others, but I decided perhaps it was because my house was on a corner lot, had a fairly big back yard behind the house, a street on the right side of the house, and a park in front of the house, therefore it was a prime target.
Then this year when Hurricane Irene came, and my house suffered even more serious water damage, and still my family is living in hotel rooms, I’m trying to be patient. I have wondered if I’m being chastised, but remember Jesus said God sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.
Heavenly Father, I know You are in control of the weather, but once while Jesus was on earth, the ship in which He and His disciples were in, was being tossed to and fro by a storm, but He calmed the storm, and I know He can calm my storm-tossed life. I thank You for Jesus and ask for patience and endurance in His name. Amen.