3 Ways Jesus Shines Through Our Trials

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A few weeks ago, my family and I were driving home after the sun went down. The moon was gorgeously full and lighting up the road almost as if it were still daytime.

After I pointed out the moon to my five-year-old, he said something that stuck with me, “Ya know, Mom, the darker it gets outside, the brighter the moon is.”

"The darker things get in our lives…the harder this life becomes…the brighter Jesus can shine."

 

I thought about his comment the whole way home…and again the next day. Isn’t that true with our faith too?

The darker things get in our lives…the harder this life becomes…the brighter Jesus can shine. 

I’ve seen this so many times in my own life. When my life falls apart, Jesus shows up.

Here are 3 ways Jesus can shine brightly through our trials:

1. Through our hope

When people see us clinging to Jesus with tears falling down our faces, they see hope. When they see us lose a child, go through another  miscarriage, learn about the cancer that is spreading through our body, lose our job, or whatever…and we choose hope, they see Jesus.

Here’s the thing about hope, though. Hope isn’t trusting God to fix your problem. Hope is trusting God…period. Even if he doesn’t fix it.

Hope is in a person, not a circumstance.

2. Through our praise

Right before our fourth miscarriage, when I was pretty sure I was losing yet another child I couldn’t wait to hold, I chose to do something that was far from easy. I chose to worship in my pain.

When you and I do that-when we worship God even though He’s not answering our prayers like we want-we show the world Jesus.

That was exactly what Jesus did, after all. Before he went to the cross, he prayed for God to find another way to save humanity. When God didn’t, though, Jesus sang a hymn with his disciples in worship of the father and headed toward the most cruel death that has ever been invented.

3. Through our authenticity

It is through our authenticity people are able to see real faith lived out. It’s okay to have doubts. It’s okay to have questions. People need to see us grappling with hard issues. But  they also need to see us running to Jesus with these doubts, finding comfort in his arms, and walking away stronger than we were before we came.

I spoke at a women’s banquet last spring about why authenticity matters. (You can watch that entire keynote here.) Authenticity matters because it is often the tool God uses to heal our hearts. It also matters because it is through our authenticity others see faith with shoes on. One of my favorite quotes is from Kaci Calvaresi: “God can’t use a redemptive story that you’re not willing to tell.”

"The darker things get in our lives…the harder this life becomes…the brighter Jesus can shine."

 

Today, can I challenge you to tell your story….even if it’s still being written….even if you don’t know the ending?

In the comments, I’d love to hear about you. How has God shown up in your trials? How have you been able to shine His light through a difficulty?

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Lindsey Bell is the author of Unbeaten and Searching for Sanity . She's also a stay-at-home mother of two ornery boys, a minister's wife, an avid reader and a chocolate lover. You can find her blogging about faith, marriage, family, parenting and miscarriage over on her website. You can also keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  1. God has been with me through so much I can only praise Him! I have been through my 21 year old son going to jail, getting separated and doing my best to raise my other 2 young children. I knew God would get us through it. My son could have gotten up to 14 years, however he got 4 so truly it is a blessing. I prayed for a part time job to help with finances and even though it took longer than I wanted, I know God had somewhere for me to be. I am struggling with my separation. Feeling a little stuck and I just keep giving it to God. Great post!!

    1. Jennifer, thank you for sharing your heart. It sounds like you have really been through some VERY difficult things lately. I’m amazed by your positive attitude, though. I think your first line says it all: “God has been with me through so much!” He is so faithful, isn’t He? Even when life is excruciating. I’m praying for these things, Jennifer. Thanks again for sharing your heart.

  2. Thank you for this article! I’ve been married for 20 years, and have three lovable teens, and my husband came home two months ago, announced he filed for divorce, and walked out. The marriage had lots of problems, and the kids and I no longer live in fear of ‘making dad mad’ as he had a temper and problems with controlling it. Even though we can see good coming from him leaving, it still has caused a lot of pain and anger in our lives. I love the Lord, and the only thing that gets me through the bouts with sadness, fear and anxiety is going to the Bible and reading His promises. I love the statement you made about the darker that life gets, the brighter Jesus shines. So true!!! I’m going to memorize that and start every day with that reminder. Thanks for sharing that!

    1. Deb, I’m so very sorry about the difficulties your family is facing right now. One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him.” Keep clinging to the Father, Deb. I’m so glad you are already seeing good things He is bringing from this situation.

      Thank you for the kind words about the post as well. I’m so glad it spoke to your heart.

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