When Our “Light” Trials Seem Very Heavy, What Do We Do?

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

So often we focus on today and forget that today is but a speck on God’s eternal plan. Who of us has believed that our troubles are “light?” In the day-to-dayness of things my troubles feel heavy.

And then I turn on the television and see the tear-stained cheeks of a father in another country, searching through the rubble for his family. I am ashamed of my own complaints of a “sore body.”

Each of us has the opportunity to put our troubles aside and move ahead. This can seem more than overwhelming and we are plagued with self-doubts.
“Who am I to encourage someone else when I get depressed?”
“How can I tell someone just to keep praying when my prayers haven’t been answered lately?”
“How can I work on ‘God’s will’ when I am just trying to survive?”

The list of excuses we have is long, and often sound solid. They are legitimate more times than not! But God assures us that, despite what we may believe, our troubles are light. We must trust that He knows and would not assure us otherwise if it were not so.

Gloria Gaither shares, “I have discovered that my brain was not dead, only sleeping to avoid the chaos around me. And my soul, when watered, straightened right up like a refreshed plant. I may even bloom again. Who knows?”

Are you “sleeping to avoid the chaos?” We all need moments where we can throw the covers over our head and take comfort in a cocoon, but eventually we must wake up. We can only find renewal and refreshment in the Lord when we are conscious beings. Only He can make our life bloom again.

Look closely at the scripture above. Notice the word, achieving? Never forget that your momentary troubles are “achieving” something. No trouble you ever experience will ever be wasted.

Prayer: Lord, guide me to know when to rest and to know when to awake. I don’t want to miss out on any opportunity for my trials to achieve something by using them as excuses for what I cannot do. I can do anything through You, including changing my perspective on the challenges I face.

About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since 1993. If you enjoy these devotionals, you may love her book Mosaic Moments: Devotionals for the Chronically Ill which includes devotions from about 20 writers and a journey through Lisa’s first ten years of living with a chronic illness.

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Share about a time you saw one of your trials eventually turn into an “achievement”. Did you tell a stranger about your illness and end up encouraging her when she shared a similar struggle with you? What have you seen grow out of your pain?

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