How I Kicked Trouble In The Teeth

Count it all joy?

Mr. 4-Ever and I had been in the car for 5 minutes of a 12 hour trip when a car pulled into our path and Dave had to make a quick adjustment to save our lives. Unfortunately, I was drinking a large bottle of frappuccino and when he made his heroic maneuver, and I spilled half the cold, sticky, sugary drink down my front. It splashed into my hair, dripped off my necklace, and soaked my top down to my bra!

Count it all joy?

Earlier that week, on a trip to Florida, I felt something hard in a mouthful of pudding. When my tongue kicked the hard thing out onto my hand, it was the crown from my front tooth! I was 1700 miles away from my dentist with a scheduled speaking event the next day.

Count it all joy?

The same week, an email from the publisher started with,
“Hi Dave and Robyn, I’m sorry to tell you that the truck carrying 5000 of your “The Widow Wore Pink” books to the distribution center caught on fire and ALL of them burned.

Count it all joy?

Girls! Do you have days, weeks or seasons like this? How do you face bad news and big inconveniences?

Stuff happens. And when it does, God’s Word says to count it all joy.

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. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1: 2-6 NIV

But how? How do you count it all joy when what you really want to do is pitch a hissy?

Be thankful!

Either after the hissy fit (or preferably before), be thankful.  … give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Look at what is good in the the situation and be thankful.

  • My computer wasn’t in my lap to get drenched with frappuccino goodness.
  • A dentist re-cemented my fang back in place.
  • My books can be reprinted and insurance covered the loss.

Ask for wisdom.

The damage is done. Choose not to complain. Grumbling and complaining do nothing to resolve the problem. Now is the time to persevere, regroup and choose the best course of action to restore or correct the situation. Assess the damage, pray and ask God for wisdom to proceed.

Remember God is on the throne.

No-one is exempt from bad stuff happening to them, but God is able to redeem, replace, revenge and reconcile because our God reigns. As we trust God to lead us through, he will mature our faith and make us more and more like Jesus.

So that’s it. How was your week? And what’s your best advice to deal with spills, breaks, and fires? Leave me a comment below. I’m sure your suggestion will be helpful.

Prayer: God, stuff happens, I get it, but I don’t like it. Mature me so I can manage upsets and upheavals by trusting you, asking for wisdom and persevering with grace. Thank you in advance and in the aftermath of this week. In Jesus Name, Amen.