Pure Joy

For those who enjoy the daily benefit of God’s blessings, we should stop and consider our need for occasional trial. In our church, we allow a time for members of the congregation to share their praise and thanksgiving for God’s goodness. It is right that we should do this, for we should give God the glory in all things. This week I have experienced a trial, which many would consider an accident. But I have found God in the midst of it.

In the Bible we find the Word, suddenly. And that’s exactly how this trial began. I was about my daily routine of caring for my mother: preparing her lunch, taking out the garbage, etc. But suddenly my foot slipped while I was racing up the stairs, and I fractured my ankle.

Of course, there was the initial pain, but the trial came later. After a lifetime of living the role of “Caregiver”, I was unable to care for myself. How many of us take for granted the simple act of walking across the room for a drink of water or a cup of coffee? Today, I can say,  the fact that God has given us that physical strength is a marvelous blessing.

As a nurse, I understand the process of healing. And recently the Lord has reminded me, “when a bone is broken, it heals with a layer of scar tissue”. Now this bit of information may not be a revelation to you, but the Lord helped me to understand something: After the trauma of a painful event in our lives, we eventually heal…and become stronger for it.

This revelation helps me to understand what James meant when he wrote:”Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). For those who are suffering with a painful trial, allow God to help you through this. We will all be the better for it.

Be blessed, Donna


Author: Donna Dotson

Donna Dotson is a published Christian Author with WestBow Press, and a member of Romance Writers of America.

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