Praising God Through the Trials and Turmoil

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God”— Psalm 43:5 (ESV).

Gulley-washing rains have plagued parts of the country during the past months, leaving a path of destruction behind in many areas. Lives have been lost and property has been destroyed due to the flooding.

Living close to the lake, I’ve seen the aftermath. My house is on higher ground but some of my neighbors have had to contend with rising water because their homes are lakefront property. One neighbor has even been fishing off his front deck, and a road running in front of his property is no longer passable.

While on my daily walk through the neighborhood, I’ve watched as the rising waters have left the neighborhood lakeside picnic area unusable. The three concrete picnic tables and the large fire pit were swallowed by the rising lake levels.

When the rain abated for a week, the tops of the picnic tables came into view, as did part of the fire pit. The torrential rains returned and they disappeared once again. Now, as the water begins to recede, driftwood debris graces the shoreline. Some of the pieces are beautiful, even with the ugliness left behind.

While I contemplated the mess left behind by the storms, I thought about the trials we face in life. They come and go, just like the lake water levels rising and falling with our capricious weather.

In the book of Mark, we read about a terrible storm. On a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee, the disciples were with Jesus when a “furious squall came up.” Among the 12 disciples were some seasoned fishermen but even they were afraid for their lives.

They wondered if God cared. After all, they had been handpicked by Jesus. They were His confidants, His closest friends. They had obeyed Jesus when He told them to “go over to the other side.” Why, now, were they going through such a turbulent time?

None of us is exempt from the storms of life. However, through the tough times, we can learn that no storm is too great to prevent God from accomplishing His will in our lives. While we may not understand at the time why the trials happened, we must thank Him that through them we can know Him better. Thank Him? For the trials?

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Author Kay Arthur, says if we’ll quit moaning and crying, “God can use those things to make us into someone He can use in the lives of others to show them that no matter where they’ve been, no matter how deep the hole, no matter how painful the trial, there’s hope. There is victory.”

Trust God. He’ll use your trials for His glory.

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2 thoughts on “Praising God Through the Trials and Turmoil

  1. Hello Carol!
    “Trust God. He’ll use your trials for His glory.” I needed to hear that today. This whole week, I’ve tried to get my blog set up with Word My domain was not set up correctly and I’ve had to have it done all over again. It is still not done. Tech support, I’ve gotten to know well.

    Anyway, for two years I’ve known I would meet you someday. I think that day is here. Your articles are the only reason I look for Fridays’ newspaper. Week after week, it shows up like clockwork. My husband and I moved to Grove from Bristow, OK, two-and-a-half years ago. It’s been that long I’ve put off writing you. I’m sorry about that. While in Bristow, I took turns with others of the ministerial alliance getting an article in the local newspaper. I can’t imagine doing this EVERY week. It is hard, takes so much time, and I want you to know how much I appreciate you!

    Your articles are always right on for everyone who reads, but just like me, they don’t write, but they are reading it. Know that, okay?

    I have been going on mission trips with my church since we’ve been here, but now the Lord says to reach out to the next generation–meaning learn technology more. I’ve had a web site, but have transferred my domain name to a blog, as I mentioned, so it’s not up yet. I’m putting my discipleship book on-line as an eCourse bonus via email. When my husband said, “You need to talk to real life people, rather than just reading books,” I knew it was time to talk with you, but I didn’t know you had a blog, or website until I looked closer at your email address.

    Do you really live in Grove? If so, unbelievable! Do you think we could get together sometime soon? I know I can learn a lot from you. Is there a good time for you we can have lunch? 918-367-6847 You can check me out at Amazon: Ann Morgan Miesner author page.

    • Hello Ann,
      I am so glad that my writing inspired you. I am always amazed when God uses what He laid on my heart to help others. I’ve been writing a weekly column since November 2005. I never dreamed I would still be writing it almost 12 years later. Yes, I live in Grove. God bless you!