Pure Joy

As we walked through the botanical gardens yesterday, we witnessed all the dew glinting in the sunlight. The little water droplets were all over the ground and even though it was cold it was the most beautiful morning.

Dew always reminds me of a time twelve years ago when I was busy with my Basic Military Training. It was a difficult course that was characterized by laughter and friendship as we found ourselves preparing for inspection until late at night, running as a group and learning all sorts of new things.

In my walk with the Lord it was one of my most joyful seasons, as I remember laughing and spending much time in prayer whilst we drilled and marched. I also spent much time memorizing scripture in the times where we were forced to wait in lines for our meals.

One particular morning I remember doing countless push ups on the cold winter grass. I was praying to the Lord and asking Him all sorts of questions in terms of, “What am I doing here?”

My dream to fly seemed far away and even though I was laughing and making new friendships (that I still have today), I couldn’t help but question God’s master plan through the pain of the push up.

As I lowered my body to the ground I found myself eye to eye with a drop of dew. It lay on the ground in the same way that millions of dew drops had lain before it, yet it was the first time that I had ever taken the time to see a dew drop so close up. And in all honesty, I have not done so since then.

The Lord whispered to me in His small still voice, “Through the trials you grow and experience things that you would not otherwise experience. Through trials and hardships you grow stronger. Through trials and hardships you are forced to really look for God, and He will never fail you.”

Twelve years later with the push up phase of my career behind me, I can see the faithful promise in every aspect of my life. Although my dream to fly did become a reality, it would not have done so had I not had to endure the difficult courses to get there. Through the difficult seasons in the past twelve years where I have grown closer to God and seen His Faithful Hand.

James 1 vs 2-4

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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