I Can Be Grateful For the Hard Things

Experience.  Today’s FMF prompt immediately took me to Romans 5:4…

“And patience, experience; and experience, hope.”

Of course, this verse makes the most sense when read in context with the verses before and after it.

“……but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”  Romans  5:3-5

 But there is the sticking point.  The tribulations – the trials.  Those parts of life that are just hard.  And that hurt.  But it is through “the hard” that we most effectively and genuinely experience the true character of God.  The truths about our savior that we have read and that we have heard become personal and real.

Much like the dreaded science fair experiments we drudged through when my kids were in high school.  There was a hypothesis.  Something we thought to be true but was only proven to be true (of false) after numerous, repeated attempts, trials or tests.  After all the testing, we could be confident our hypothesis, or belief, was right or wrong.  In a similar way, the more my faith is tested and God proves (again and again!) that His promises are true, the more steadfast and firm my faith becomes.  And my hope sure!  My experience proves it.

This is my FMF post for today.  Valentine’s Day:)  And not the stickiest sweet of posts, although I do feel like I have been chatting about plans – and my valentine – for days now.  However, I do have one extra thought.  Just as God has used the truly difficult things to show Himself to me, He has also used those times in my marriage.  To deepen our relationship and knit us even closer.  Through our hard times, I have seen not only my husband’s character but also his love for me and his commitment to our marriage.  And for that I am grateful.  Not for the trials themselves but I can be thankful for those things that could only be known through them.

This February 14th, I thank God for the one He gave me to walk through life with…to create and experience life with – both the wonderful and the hard!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

9 thoughts on “I Can Be Grateful For the Hard Things

  1. Today it’s really kind of tough
    to appreciate the trial
    that cancer sends, but it’s enough
    that I can find a cause to smile.
    The doggies’ playful antics,
    the cry of red-tailed hawk;
    cat chases laser (oh so frantic);
    what will he do when laser’s caught?
    And so at last I see the need
    for this long and deadly fight,
    for I, in health, did not pay heed
    to this garden of delights
    that, in their loving balm
    is a kindly God’s salaam.

  2. So true – we would never choose to have some of the experiences we have, but I can definitely see, looking back, that God has been at work in the hard times and that is often when I have experienced more of him.

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