In a conversation with my roommates the other day, I compared walking through this life with walking through a minefield…
There would be some seasons of life where we would be walking in between the buried land mines, but we were bound to step on a few along the way.
That was my life advice for our conversation that we were having about all the many changes that life brings and all the hard things we seem to have to go through to learn and grow.
To which my roommate so lovingly and semi-sarcastically responded, “Wow, Anna. That was really helpful.”
If you know me well, you know that I can tend to take a slightly critical view on things. I’d like to say I am a realist, but I also know I can lean towards the overly critical.
So the sarcastic admonishment from my friend was well deserved.
And while it has been said before – and with great truth – that we are either preparing for a storm, walking through one, or coming out of one, we as Christians can not use these phrases as an excuse to have a negative view on this life we’ve been given.
Because the truth is, that we can have hope even as we walk through the storms and the minefields.
Yes, it is true that in John 16:33 Jesus tells us that we will have trouble in this world.
But that’s not the end of what He tells us!
And it’s not even the most important part!
While a great deal of scripture has to do with stories of trial and suffering, there is still a happy ending!
Jesus goes on to say in John 16:33, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.”
He has overcome this world!
He has overcome the brokenness.
He has overcome the storms.
After thinking about what I said to my roommates, the Lord gave my analogy a little bit of an adjustment.
Instead of picturing this life like a minefield we have to struggle through fearfully, we can picture it instead like a minefield of fireworks that we get to dance through and be amazed by.
The enemy may try and scare us with the loud noises and explosions, and we may even get burned along the way. But if we keep looking up, we’ll catch a glimpse of the beautiful show God is putting on.
He has overcome the storms.
And He hasn’t just overcome them, He is in the business of redeeming them. He WANTS to work through them.
Every day He is turning the messes that sin has created in this broken world, into a beautiful masterpiece that glorifies all He is and all His goodness.
Let’s go dancing in the minefields, friends.
Even if we only catch glimpses now, I can assure you the view from the other side will be like nothing we ever could have imagined.
He is good. And He is with you.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”