A is for Adversity
I am excited to be off on another exciting blogging journey today…once again, I will be blogging through the alphabet, from A to Z! I took part in this blogging challenge a year ago now and am looking forward to where it will take me this year too. I have been in quite a blogging drought lately and am hoping this challenge will provide the necessary rejuvenation! I also look forward to meeting many others who are participating in this challenge. To learn more about this challenge, or join up yourself, please visit Arlee over at Tossing It Out!
For those who are ‘meeting’ me for the first time, let me give you just a real brief background. First and foremost, I am a Christian, a child of our Heavenly King! Much of what I write on my blog testifies to this truth and I also love sharing pictures of my beautiful gift from God, my 11 month old (today!) son, Benjamin. With that being said…off I go with the letter ‘A’!
Adversity is a part of life, there really is no denying or escaping it. The fact that I am a Christian and believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and has paved my way to eternity does not preclude me from experiencing adversity in this life. Adversity is not a way for God to bring us down, rather it is a way for us to be lifted up, to demonstrate the power of Christ in our lives. In fact, right there in the Bible….God tells us we will experience adversity. Here are just a few examples of that:
From Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.”
From Ecclesiastes 7:14 “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing that will come after him.”
It is also a Biblical principal that God uses bad, or adversity, to bring about good. I am a living testament to that right now, in the midst of my life circumstances. I have been faced with lots of adversity as of late and God is shaping and molding me through all of it. I have come to find the joy in adversity, which is a daily choice that I make, just as I choose daily to pick up my cross and follow Jesus.
It is my prayer that all of you may come to know Jesus and the joy that can only be found in Him, in times of adversity and in times of prosperity.