Yet I Will Trust Him

Facing Challenges with Positivity and Determination

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One of the most disconcerting experiences to confront an individual along life’s journey is what to do when faced with a challenge. It’s mighty hard sometimes for someone who’s standing in the midnight of circumstances to believe it’s the darkest just before dawn. It’s very difficult sometimes for someone who’s been washed by adversity and drenched in despair to believe that “weeping may endure for a night; but somehow joy will come in the morning.” It’s rather daunting sometimes for someone to muster the fortitude to look a challenge in the eye and to say with the unbounded resolution of Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

I sat and watched one day as a tiny lime-green caterpillar slid down the curb and set out to cross the busy street in front of my home. At first I was tempted to rescue it from its apparent stupidity. It had to be 20 feet to the other side of the street, and cars were constantly whizzing by. Suddenly, an impish grin crept across my face as I thought of how cool it would be to see if that little caterpillar could actually make it across without becoming an unexpected lime-green street marking. I decided to sit back and watch as it set out on its mad and mindless mission.

One car passed, then another; several more followed, and still nothing happened. Admittedly I began to feel somewhat cheated because the caterpillar had already made it halfway across the street. Suddenly my heart began to beat wildly with anticipation, my muscles tensed expectantly, and my breathing quickened with excitement as I observed a great big 18-wheeler barreling down the street in the very path of that little caterpillar. I thought to myself that now it only had a one in 18 chance of survival!

As the truck came nearer, I stood to my feet with arms raised heavenward and let out a shriek of delight as that tiny lime-green caterpillar disappeared beneath the girth of that large truck. However, when the dust settled, my heart sank once again as I watched the tiny silhouette of a determined little caterpillar make its way victoriously to the other side. I remember thinking how stupid that bug was for even attempting such a feat, and how foolish I now felt having witnessed its success. It didn’t seem concerned about the the vastness of the street compared to the smallness of its tiny frame. It didn’t seem phased by the fleetness of the traffic versus its lack of speed. It seemed to dismiss the possibility of failing, and embraced the challenge to succeed. I learned a valuable lesson from that tiny little insect—I learned the lesson of attitude. It’s your attitude that will determine how you respond to the challenges in your life.

It has been said that the difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is all in the way you use them. Will you face the challenges in your life with positivity and determination, or will you allow them to impede your personal and spiritual growth? Remember, it’s your attitude that will determine how you respond to the challenges in your life. I believe the Apostle Paul summarized it best when he declared in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

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