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. James 1:2-3
For some reason I woke up remembering a time last year I was sitting in my Maine living room reading the news about a train derailment that had taken place in Lynchburg, Virginia.
It happened right outside a restaurant and I could imagine the servers and patrons looking out of the window in horror. You may remember the story. No one was injured in the derailment and the world kept turning. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/04/incredible-images-of-train-derailment-in-lynchburg-virginia/)
What struck me about the story was the way people dealt with this challenge showed their true character. Despite the uncertainty of the situation, according to the news people were helping others to safety, even though doing so had the potential to cost them their own lives. Everyone worked together to get all the people in the vicinity safely away.
How we act under pressure shows our faith’s true character. Despite dangers we encounter in our lives we don’t need to be afraid. We’re never alone. We can have inner peace knowing God is always with us.
You can weather life’s storms knowing Jesus knows what it’s like to be tested, and He is always with you. You can trust that God will use the trials in your life to make you stronger according to His plan for you.