Trials And Triumphs

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 5:3

…but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience…

This week I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I don’t experience this every week; some weeks are better than others.   But this week, I struggled greatly in my mind due to the circumstances in my environment.

This week I found myself in a tug of war between two co-workers.  One co-worker is domineering and headstrong, needs to be in control, and sweats quite a bit of the small stuff.  The other co-worker is more laid back, level-headed, and realizes that there is much he cannot control, so he just goes with the flow.  I had to broker a deal between these two men to get a project done and it was no easy task.  After making the deal, I began to question how much longer I would even be able to do this.

Last week I found myself exasperated because of another person at work.  I was having bad dreams.  I called a prayer partner and she told me that I had allowed that person too much control over me.  She told me to stop it!  I did.  I asked the LORD to help me focus on HIM and not on the person.  God is faithful and did just what I asked.  I pray that I do not pick that burden back up again.

A few weeks ago I had an overzealous employee who worked my last nerve.  My flesh wanted to get rid of him, but instead I pulled him aside and tried to encourage him.  I told him that I understood his frustration, but just calm down and let things work themselves out.  He shared with me at that point that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he needed meds to keep his temper intact.  He said he would try to work on it, and even before he got the “meds” that he said he needed, I saw a change in his demeanor.  Fast forward three weeks and he wrote a letter to a family member apologizing for his behavior in the past, and sharing with them that I had helped him so much with his attitude.  His words brought me to tears.

These are some of the trials that I have experienced over the past few weeks, but at the same time these are the triumphs that I have enjoyed over the past few weeks.  I am so thankful to the LORD that His Word says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not…”  I have had to call on Him, and each time He answered me in ways that I would have never expected.

If you do not have a relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ, and you do not live in the confidence that you can ask Him to do what you need and He will answer, do not let this moment pass without repenting of your life of sin and asking Jesus to be the LORD of your life.  He will not turn you away when you come to Him in sincerity.  He will welcome you into the family of God, and heaven will be your home for all eternity.  Every trial of this life will be worth eternal triumph!


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