My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God send adversity into our lives with the aim of getting us into trouble? Or, rather, does He send adversity into our lives so that we might witness his willingness to defend and protect us despite the pitfalls?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Years ago I was watching my grandson the other day. He’s two and has a whole different perspective on life than this old 55 year-old. It had rained and the driveway had pools of cool water standing around, just waiting to drain away but their time hadn’t yet come. As I walked him down the driveway I stepped carefully to avoid getting my feet wet. James, on the other hand, couldn’t really see the point to that. When I stepped around he saw it his job to step right in and watch the water splash up around his little ankles. I saw the pools as danger and he saw them as anything but. I guess it’s all in your perspective and mine and his are pretty far apart.

But, what about life and its many pitfalls; should we be avoiding these or faithfully walking through them like James?

Here’s a story: Since the Portuguese withdrew from Angola over twenty years ago, the country's roads, bridges and transportation systems have fallen into disrepair while the country engaged in civil war. Bridges have collapsed and the roads are full of potholes. On a recent trip to Angola, a missionary was being driven through this impoverished, war torn country to assess the needs, when he noticed that his driver made no attempt to avoid the deep potholes and ruts characteristic of that nation’s highways. In fact, his driver seemed to be avoiding those places where it some repair work had been car- ried out–those few holes that had been filled in. Curious, he asked his driver why he avoided those few relatively smooth patches of road. “Because,” came his reply, “That’s where the land mines are.”

God sends adversity into our lives not with the aim of getting us into trouble. Rather, he send adversity so that we might witness his willingness to defend and protect us despite the pitfalls. In that sense, James was right. Life’s puddles are- meant to be stepped in. In fact, like those Angolan potholes, if we see one it’s probably a good idea to aim for it. Often we feel that the path of least resistance is the better path. But, it’s not the path that Jesus walked here on earth and it not the path God has put in front of you and I either. See an adversity puddle today? Try stepping in it and find out how will- ing our God is to protect and how safe you really are when driving through life’s potholes.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord, when our lives are rolling along and we are coping with pretty much everything that comes our way, the last thing we need to deal with is adversity. Yet, God, in You wisdom and grace You often take this time to visit us with events, people, conditions and crisis that affect our lives with adversity. It is easy to plunge into bitterness and depression when these things happen. Yet, Lord, we know that Your will is perfect for us and that we must look at every adverse situation in life as not only tolerable, but opportunistically. Give us the courage Lord to step into the puddles of adversity in our lives and discover the blessings that You have hidden there for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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