The Truth About Trials – What You REALLY Have When Times Are Tough

The Truth About Trials  – What You REALLY Have When Times Are Tough

They say that timing is everything. My cat, were she temporarily endowed with the gift of speech, would probably agree with that today. In one ill-timed moment, she learned what it means to be in the right place at the wrong time. Or maybe the wrong place at the wrong time…I’m never sure which variable claims the role of guilty party.

I saw it all happen from across the kitchen but was unable to quickly navigate through the maze of grocery bags I had just brought in to be able to avert disaster.

The cast of characters:

  1. One large, unevenly shaped spaghetti squash wobbling on the counter
  2. one cat meandering through the kitchen
  3. the force of gravity

They all converged in one dramatic moment.  The squash rolled off the edge just as my unsuspecting feline blissfully strolled past. The impact made me wince (even as I laughed), and then her stunned and drunken weaving through the house (To go where? Away from squashes?), along with the hateful look she gave me, made me laugh even more. Cat lovers – you can breathe easy; she is just fine, and it took her a lot longer to get over being mad at me (??) than to recover from the smack on the head.

The thing of it is, I have some dear friends who were going blissfully about their lives this week when the enemy snuck up and rolled a giant spaghetti squash of trouble off the counter onto their heads. Live reversals, diagnoses, life and death situations, betrayals.

As I spent time in prayer for each of these impossible situations, I realized the truth about trials.  I saw that in life, all we really have is Jesus. We don’t “own” our good health. We don’t “own” ouimageedit_2_8742992173r happy lives, free from uninvited, painful situations. Or our jobs, or our families.

The truth is, all we really ever have is Jesus.  In the dark and desperate times, when everything else is stripped away, we actually understand that.

If it is you who find yourself in that place today, where the rest of life fades into the background, and you stand alone with your great and isolating experience, know this:

  • All you really ever had was Jesus, and you haven’t lost Him. You still have the only thing that will get you through this trial.
  •  This will not last forever. There will be happiness again, and clinging to Jesus, you will come through this to the other side.

If you never had Jesus in the first place, today would be a great day to change that. He’s waiting with open arms.

If you are in that lonely place of painful struggle and want someone else standing with you in faith to see God bring beauty from the ashes as only He can do, drop me a line. I will pray.

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With faith, hope, and love,
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Christine is so glad you have joined her on The Beautiful Journey! She is a Bible study writer and teacher living in Texas with her husband, 2 children, and all their pets. Christine believes with all her heart that you can live the full, high-impact, joyful life God designed for you, right now. That beautiful journey begins inside you and doesn't depend on your circumstances. She would love to have you join her on the journey!


  • Tom Arn

    March 23, 2017 at 5:35 am Reply

    I love your comment on the idea of all that we really have is Jesus! When we keep that in mind, all else pales in its power or importance. With Jesus on our side, we cannot lose the battle, despite all the challenges in this life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christine

      March 23, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

      Thanks, Tom! I love your comment…so true. May God give us the grace to remember we ARE on the winning side even when all seems lost. Blessings to you – Christine

  • Marie Bungard

    March 4, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply

    Delighted to find you on Pinterest and will definitely be following your posts.

    Yes! All we ever really have is Jesus!

    Blessings to you and yours!


    • Christine

      March 4, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

      How kind of you to connect and comment, Marie! Thank you so much, and blessings to you as well!

  • Brenda Wyatt

    February 28, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply

    Yes indeed this has blessed me. Thank you Chrissy. I heard a sermon this very week from Joni E-T. She shared God is not so concerned with the fact that she is in a wheel chair but He is more concerned with where she is spiritually as He is with all of us. Our God still heals and He is with us through every trial and yes He is all we need.

    • Christine

      February 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

      She has such an incredible message to share!

  • Lori Miller

    February 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply


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