I was recently reminded of a difficult trial that really shook my foundation. What follows was written in the front of my Bible after a long conversation with a good friend way back in December of 1982. He helped me gain and maintain my perspective when I had been greatly misunderstood. Amazingly, just a couple years later, God restored the relationships that were broken, and let my true heart and motives be seen. In the hurt, I learned that I had to rest in Him, cling to Him, and WAIT for Him!
While enduring a trial, I must remain:
1. Simply Secure
a. in my relationship to Christ
b. in my relationship to others
c. in my own self-assessment
KNOWING that my residence is not here but in Heaven,
APPLYING all I know about God to my life, to help me keep perspective in the situation I am in
2. Supremely Satisfied in the mundane things of everyday life
KNOWING that every trivial moment of my day is a stepping stone to becoming like Christ,
APPLYING to my life the simple fact that I do not serve men, but the living Christ.
So that no matter what circumstances may cross my path, what stakes may be uprooted in my life, or even if I am someday totally alone and misunderstood, that I may maintain a stable, consistent Christian life until the appearing of Christ.