Trials bring out the best in you!

I’m sure that lifting a car isn’t on anyone’s list of things to do.  But stories have been shared about women who have lifted cars off of trapped family members.  Something about seeing their loved ones helpless underneath a vehicle generates supernatural strength within these women.  In other words, trials bring out the best in them.

I’m sure Peter hadn’t planned to walk on water; the thought probably never crossed his mind.  But something about the storm he and the disciples encountered that night catapulted him to a new level of faith.  When he heard Jesus’ invitation, immediately, Peter stepped out of the boat and onto the water.  Though he certainly dreaded the strong wind and waves, he had a reason to be thankful for the storm.  The same storm that seemed like their demise brought out the best in Peter.

I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for the madness in my life.  Somehow, someway, it always brings out the best in me – faith, patience, self-control, etc.  So just hang in there, and wait for your best to shine through the mess!

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment … (Romans 5:3-4, New Living Translation)