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"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
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 . . ."