The opportunity of adversity: taking a lesson from Job in the tempest, Abraham on the road to Moriah, Moses in Midian, and Jesus in Gethesmane

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11

Attentiveness to Me is not only for your quiet time but for all your time. As you look to Me, I show you what to do now and next. Vast quantities of time and energy are wasted by obsessive planning. When you let Me direct your steps, you are free to enjoy Me and to find what I have prepared for you this day. -Jesus Calling

May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
    your salvation, according to your promise;
then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word. -Psalm 119:41

When times are darkest, and we wait in hope seeing no glimmer of a prospect but refusing despair, is the grandest patience in the universe. It is Job in the tempest; it is  Abraham on the road to Moriah; it is Moses in the desert of Midian; it is the Son of Man in the Garden of Gethesemane. -Streams in the Desert.

“I shall reach the climax of strength when I learn to wait for hope.” George Matheson

Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. What makes the difference in everything you face is your attitude. Adversity can be a heavy, overwhelming burden that makes you weary, restless, and desperate. Or you can see it is an opportunity, a bridge over which you can travel above your circumstances and into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Adversity can be a gift. It can be a blessing from Almighty God to prepare us for what He is calling us to do. We’re so valuable to Him that He does whatever it takes to equip us to become who He created us to be- powerful servants of the living God. Learn to see everything as coming from God. This is a basic principle that will prevent you from becoming bitter, resentful, and hostile. There are two big rails on the bridge of adversity. The first is that God is in control of everything. The second is that He is going to turn every circumstance for your good. Hold on tight to these two truths, and you can overcome any challenge or problem- no matter what it is. -Walking With God, Life Principle 26

The journey is the blessing. Amish Proverb

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground. -Psalm 143:8-10

Strive to be one of those- so few- who walk the earth with ever-present consciousness- all mornings, middays, star-times- that the unknown which men call heaven is “close behind the visible scene of things”

Yesterday’s blessings: waking up at home, enjoying errands and coffee with mom, spending the day with my dog, spending time with both of my children and the son of a longtime friend who I love like he is one of my own, more blooms on that plumeria, catching up on “Who do you think you are?” (I love ancestry & history so I love that show!). Today’s blessings (already)- the back is feeling better!

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