It is amazingly detrimental that our minds often lean toward challenges when left to its own devices. When pondering our past, present or future, the mind has the unfortunate and uncanny ability to pull up the most difficult, dark and unsettling parts of us as if there were no other rooms, doors or land to recollect. And yet, the challenges that appear so ominous are, more often than not, the very things God uses to galvanize us into his call and charge for our lives. Truly, “all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
There is no triumph without a test. There is no victory without a problem. There is no win without a war. I do believe that if it had not been for the Lord on my side, the test, the problem and the war would have been to my demise. But because of the Lord who is on my side, the test, the problem and the war are now symbols to God’s faithfulness in the midst of it all. Therefore, the next time your thoughts go rogue and attempt to highlight horror over his grace, grab that utensil and mark up the pages of your mind where you came out as a conqueror, endured as an overcomer and triumphed through the struggle. It’s the evidence of these former victories which encourage us for what comes next. The challenge does not define you. You had or have a challenge; but you are an overcomer! So I have learned to be thankful in the challenge. Because God leaves nothing wasted, I expect a charge as a result. And because God is God, I expect nothing less than triumph in the end. After all, the challenge, charge and triumph may all differ, but our God is immutable in and through it all.