I shared this post on my Facebook page early last year. I saw it today, and it still challenges me.
Over the past few weeks, I have been hit hard by “little” things. Little things that don’t really matter but are frustrating, aggravating, disappointing, and a big inconvenience. As my husband has watched me react (yes, react—not respond; there is a big difference), he has admonished with me the Word.
“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).
He has also reminded me: “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17, KJV), and “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV). He asked me, “Do you love God?” “Yes.” “Are you called according to his purpose?” “Yes.” “Then ALL things work together for your good.” It does not matter how big or small the things are; they all work together for my good as a daughter of the King. Even those pesky little things that drive me crazy…
He has asked me, “When you are hit, what comes out of you?” In other words, when troubles, trials, irritations, annoyances, offenses, and problems come your way, are you responding according to the Spirit of God that lives inside of you, or are you reacting out of the flesh and your emotions? God uses little things just as much as big things to make us more into His image. Sometimes, it may be an aggravating driver who is following too closely. Other times, it may be a person at Walmart who is blocking the aisle and seems oblivious to others who need to get by them. At times, it may be a company who made a mistake and messed up your account, and it becomes a major inconvenience for you. Maybe it is a child who uses your cell phone until the battery is almost dead and she neglects to tell you the battery needs to be charged. Or maybe the same child is listening to music on your phone and does not tell you when a text message comes through. The list is endless, so pick your “little” things.
God uses many different things to chisel us and get the junk out of us and our lives. It is not a pleasant process, but it is necessary if we are to mature in Christ. I will admit that I did not want to hear what my husband has been saying to me, but I NEEDED to hear it. I needed an attitude adjustment; I needed to regain the right perspective. I am thankful for a husband who loves me so much, but loves God even more, that he speaks truth to me and washes me with the word (Ephesians 5:26). I can choose to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to what God is trying to teach me, or I can fight against Him, hindering the work He is trying to accomplish in me. The choice is always mine to make. God does not force His will on anyone, but there is always blessing in obedience, even though it is often hard to obey.
On the way to my interview this morning, a song by Francesa Battistelli began to play on the radio. I told my husband, “This song is very relevant for me right now.”
So, what are the “little” things that God is using in your life? And, as my husband asked me, “When you’re hit, what comes out of you?” Relevant questions indeed!