The movie Soul Surfer tells the story of young Bethany Hamilton, the surfer that lost her arm to a shark attack. It was a tragic accident, one that changed her life forever. As horrible as the accident was, it was in facing death that Bethany found her destiny. When she was asked if she could change that day, she replied, “I wouldn’t change what happened to me. I can embrace more people with one arm that I ever could with two.”
When others see you walk through hardship with joy, it makes them listen. It gets their attention.
1 Thessalonians 3:3 tells us not to be unsettled by our trials. We were destined for them. Destined for issues, hardships, difficulties and tragedies? Yes! Because in knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection, we have something to show the world. We have access to faith, joy, love and peace in the midst of difficulties. That speaks. People listen when they see how we respond in the middle of adversity. They take notice when they see us walking through a storm with the presence of God.
Why do they take notice? Because peace is something they are desperate for! When they see us endure the issues of life with the peace of Christ, they will wonder…they will ask. They will desire what we have!
It takes manure to make most flowers bloom. Think about it…does that really make sense that a bunch of crap makes flowers beautiful? Nope, but God’s ways are different than ours. Likewise, our trials not only make us stronger, they are a beautiful fragrance of hope to the world. When you go through issues, rejoice. You are an exotic bouquet on God’s banquet table. Let the world see you bloom!