Here it is again. Another snow storm. Kids are jumping with joy. Parents are scrambling to find care. Our driveway's already been plowed once this morning. If the models keep going like they are now, we may get another big storm Wednesday into Thursday of next week. That's what my husband tells me. He know a fair amount about weather. I work from home (for the most part), so stormy weather doesn't create many complications for me. Snow makes me happy. My husband is always in a good mood, when it snows. It's infectious in our household.
There's joy that kids all over have from not having school today. That joy that I see every time my husband tells me a storm may be coming is nothing compared to the joy that we are to have when faced with trials. You may be thinking, "What?" James writes about this joy: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4 NIV).
As a church community we have faced trials. We will face trials in the future. It's important to keep a proper perspective in the midst of them. God is using these trials to make us into mature Christians. It's up to us to persevere and do good. This joy may not be completely present today or a year from now. There will be pure joy one day. I can promise you that.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.