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Various Trials

"Count it all joy," the scripture says. I don't know about you, but my first response to the trials I face is not to "count it all joy!"

I usually begin by asking, "Why me?" Then, with an attitude, I ask, "WHY ME?"

I don't want to be too philosophical, but "Why not me?"

Why should everyone else face problems, trials, heartaches, tragedy and outright crisis and me be excluded? Why should others lose their loved ones, but not me? Why should other people get cancer, and not me? Why should my neighbors be a crime statistic, but not me?

In retrospect, I know that I am a better person because I've faced hard times and suffered tragedy. Those trials became my teachers.

Loss taught me that God is my sustainer and that His people will comfort me when I ache.

Cancer taught me that God is my healer and that I can depend on Christian love to care for me when I hurt.

Facing an intruder at 3:00 in the morning taught me that God is my protector and that love is more important than things.

After the dust is settled from the pain, I'm left praising God for His providence, His church and the family and friends He surrounds me with. In the trails I've experienced the grace I've studied and encountered the God I've read about.

Come to think about it, I've even learned to "Count it all joy . . ."

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