We all have had hopes and dreams. We all have had plans about how our lives should unfold. Yet God's plan is often very different than our own. We dream of a life that is a smooth path free of troubles and challenges until we reach the finish line.
Yet God says that we will face challenges and trials. Our lives will not be a straight smooth line. It will include many joyful moments, but will also include moments that are very difficult. All the moments, but especially the difficult moments, God uses to stretch us and make us more like Him. He builds Godly character in us, if we submit to Him even in the challenging moments.
In my own life I remember difficult moments even in childhood. There certainly have been challenges in my adult life. What have been the heartaches and trials of your life, dear reader? Is it caring for a loved one who is slowly deteriorating in health? Is it the loss of a job? Has a loved one strayed off the path? Are you worried about the current world-wide virus which seems to just linger on? Are you troubled by the war issues in Europe? Are you like me, just suffering through a temporary illness or infection which has slowed you down for a few days from normal activities? Is there yet another heartache or trial? Whatever the heartache, God is faithful and will be with you. Consider it a joy, count it as joy, let it be an opportunity for joy when trials come. God is with you.