I remember often growing up hearing the expression: “Caught between a rock and a hard place.” There’s something about being caught in the middle. It can be like a vise. The pressure is often intense. But great things come from great pressure — diamonds for one!
The other day a plaque in a friend’s house left me pondering the adversity of the middle. It was a quote by Albert Einstein:
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Turning this over and over in my mind, I find it interesting the other things I have read this week that relate. In the book “When Life is Hard” by James MacDonald that I am studying, he says:
“Even though the trial may not be over, seeing a glimpse of God’s glory in the middle of it will make you rejoice as nothing else can.” (p. 78)
“In the middle of chaotic circumstances and difficult times, it is helpful to remember what doesn’t change . . . what we know about God that is unchangeable.” (p. 78)
I began to list promises of God that help me rejoice in the middle of difficult times, and those that give me the courage to find the opportunities in my circumstances. Chuck Swindoll once said: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
So, what did I list?
- God’s love is never ending.
- God’s mercies are new every morning.
- Before I was formed in my mother’s womb, God knew me.
- God knows the plans and purposes He has for my life and they are good.
- God will never abandon me.
In discussing I Peter chapter 4, James MacDonald says that it is like Peter is telling us: “Don’t quit. Don’t give up . . . keep going in the midst of trials. Keep being faithful.” MacDonald also reminds us that “God is faithful, He is in control, and He is good.” p. 81
So, what difficulty are you caught in the middle of today? Look at it as an opportunity to keep going and watch for God’s faithfulness.
–Delana H. Stewart
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