After coming home from work last night and preparing for some much-needed rest & relaxation, I had every intention of waking up this morning and taking some time to craft a new blog for this site. I wasn’t sure what the specific topic would be, but I had faith that the subject would come to me as I sat down to think and write.
But like most, and many things in this life, my plans did not go as smoothly as I had hoped and envisioned. As I opened my eyes and filtered my first conscious thoughts this morning, I realized that I had a terrible sore throat and stuffy nose. I rejoiced at the fact that the Lord gave me another day, but cursed the undesirable head-cold I had developed.
After taking stock and accepting what was, along with a few strong cups of coffee, I reminded myself of God’s will and sovereignty and chose to make the most of my situation by soldiering on with my original plan to write this piece.
And in my decision to be tenacious, one single word popped into my head and gave me my topic for this blog, and that word was “Perseverance”. I then turned to my helpful friend, Google, and searched “What does the Bible say about perseverance?“. My search yielded one specific verse from Romans that completely hit the mark:
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” -Romans 5:3-5
The verse hit me like a ton of bricks and was exactly what I needed at the moment. It was as if God came down and gave me the remedy for my current affliction. If I’ve learned anything in my walk with God/Christ, it’s that answers and inspiration will unexpectedly present themselves.
We all face trials, tribulations, and road-blocks that hinder our plans and happiness. No man, woman or child can avoid this, even if it appears that somebody has the most perfectly ideal life. It is only through perseverance, endurance and faith that we can push on through life’s rough-patches.
And the concept of rejoicing in our sufferings is such a foreign concept for most people, but when you can accept and apply this method to your life, it can provide a useful tool to overcome and endure your suffering. It’s a notion so strange and unique, that it’s almost beautiful.
Head-colds will give way to clear breathing, heartbreak will make room for love, and darkness will be broken by light. It is through patience, perseverance, faith and love, that we will find relief from our suffering.