This week has been one of the most rotten weeks we’ve experienced. First of all, my husband began getting sick last week, and then we found out he had the flu. I ended up sick myself.
Then, my blog server crashed. I lost everything- three years of work, blog posts and ideas down the drain. While I was upset and I’m still a little frustrated, I’m just going to try to find the positives. I’m going to start over and keep blogging, but I’m going to use this as an opportunity to make the blog better than ever.
All of these complaints and hardships have a purpose- I promise I’m going somewhere with this.
Last week, this verse showed up in my daily devotions four times.
My church friends and I had a conversation about this verse last Sunday as we were eating dinner. Side note: my church is amazing. We are a group of people who truly love being together. I’ve never experienced a church before with such loving and caring people. If you live in Central NC and you need a church, please come to ours.
We are certainly not immune to hard times just because we’re Christians. The loss of my blog and a few days of illness are truly not hardships when you look at the bigger picture. They are minor annoyances and while they are irritating and frustrating, they are certainly not catastrophic. We’ve been through some true hardships as a family recently, and to some extent, we’re still healing from them.
As hard as it is to miss my dad and my grandpa, I can take comfort in the fact that my dad and grandpa were both Godly men who are now in Heaven. And I can most certainly take comfort in the fact that Jesus overcame the world. We can give our troubles to Him because with his help, we can overcome them.
Do you know the Mandisa song “Overcomer?” In the song, she sings these words:
“You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer.”
I wish being Christian meant we were immune to trouble, but if that were true, we’d never learn anything, or grow. But being a Christian does mean we can overcome our troubles through Him…because He’s already overcome the world.