Drama, Drama, Drama!

Lately I’ve been feeling like everywhere I go there is drama – not just in people but in work, in traffic, in life! – and I just can’t escape it. I can’t quite figure out if it’s a constant thing and I’m just noticing it, or if it is something that has just all of a sudden happened. I do know two things though. It’s there for a reason and God’s got it all under control. And this is how I know:

James 1:2-3 says “dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow”.

This one time I asked God for patience, and he gave me so many opportunities for it to be tested. I ended up saying “God, please give me patience, and hurry up about it!”

If we didn’t have moments of sadness or pain or weakness or sorrow, where would we have room to grow? Sometimes I even consider that the drama only comes up just so I can rely on God and for no other reason.

I need to put more trust in Him.

and then Philippians 4:6-7 says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

I’m a real worrier. I used to be really bad, but then I started realising that the more that comes my way to worry about, the less I actually have to worry, so long as I hand it straight over to God. The peace of God, which transcends ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. There is absolutely no way we could fathom what, why or how this peace works, but it just does.

So this last week, I’ve been challenged to pray a particular thing over my life each day – to speak it out – and it has been interesting, because each thing I’ve prayed has presented itself in a challenge that very day. For example, one particular day I prayed that I would see other people through God’s eyes, and on that day I was absolutely thoroughly challenged by a student who really tests my patience all the time. Without even thinking about it, I reacted differently – positively – than what I usually do, and I firmly believe that it’s because I had given it to God.

The next day I prayed any worry to disappear. I’d been struggling with the fact that I was potentially letting a whole lot of people down, and it was really making me anxious. But God, through his peaceful spirit, allowed this amazing grace to take effect and there was a solution found almost immediately.

You see, I need to put more trust in Him.

You know, God created the mountains, which means he’s bigger than them. He’s bigger than the earth, the sun, the universe and, believe it or not, the drama that comes and goes or sticks around for a while in our lives.

Sometimes that drama is there so that we trust him, rely on him, and grow our faith. Sometimes it’s there to challenge us. But ALL the time, we should be doing what Paul and James said – whenever trials, sorrows, temptations or dramas come our way, pray about it, hand it over to God, and use that opportunity to grow your faith.

I need to put more trust in Him. 

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