A Reframe for the Trials of Life
Interpreting life’s events can be a tricky undertaking. Our instinct is to assume that if something bad happens, it’s because God is displeased with us. We then go on what I call a wild hunt for sin—that desperate search for whatever we’ve done to bring on our calamity.
To be sure, sin will bring with it trials (Proverbs 13:15). The problem is, trials don’t necessarily indicate that sin is present or that we are being punished for “it.”
James refers to “the testing of your faith” in James 1:3. Think about those very words: faith (a good thing) being tested by the events of life. In other words, God responds to something good He sees in our life by sending trials to grow it. (Yes, this is a coaching reframe…to see our lives with fresh (or new) eyesight.”
One of the greatest challenges of living a Christian life is learning to embrace the trials God sends our way as gifts from Him. We use so much energy trying to escape or fight the tough situations we face, that we fail to see they have actually been given to us by God.
Are you going through a trial? Ask God for wisdom as to its source. According to James 1:5, God will liberally and graciously answer.
(for Texas Medical Center Hospice, Houston, Tx.)