All too often life may seem like running through minefields, just waiting for the next trial and tribulation to explode. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself constantly praying for God’s hand to help navigate this life and often end up feeling disappointed when you don’t immediately hear the omnipotent voice of God saying “in a quarter mile, make a left turn onto Park Avenue.” Romans 5:1-5 serves as a reminder to us that no matter what happens in this life; no matter how much we might feel abandoned or betrayed by God, it’s the trials and tribulations of this life that shape us. And that when it seems like our tank is on empty God is always there – maybe not in the way we would want – but God is there: in the wind, in the helping hand of a stranger, and in our hearts.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Sometimes I have to remind myself of this Scripture; when tragedy befalls us or it seems like the world is only getting worse. As cliche as it may sound Romans tells us that when the world hands us a bunch of lemons God is there to make lemonade – remembering that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger because it is grace that got us through it in the first place. Our trials, tribulations and failures are miracles in disguise, developing us into the person that we were created to be and forging our relationship with God and the universe through fire.
Often times people say that science and religion, especially Christianity, don’t mix but I like to believe that God created science as a way of helping us explain our physicality. One of the best examples of this that is related to today’s message is the healing properties of tears. Tears of emotion, as opposed to those of irritation from things like peeling onions, serve as a quick exit strategy for toxins that have built up in our bodies from stress, kind of in the same way that getting a massage releases toxins. Tears also serve as a biological stress regulator, much like working out, tears lower our stress levels and in turn make us healthier people; suppressing tears only allows toxins and harmful biological byproducts of stress to build up in our bodies contributing to greater chances of heart problems, ulcers, and high blood pressure. It’s amazing to think that our Creator knew the stresses that this world would bring down upon us and created us with biological stress reduction systems built in.
So when it seems like all hope is lost and you begin to think that no one is there, remember that you were created to be stronger than you give yourself credit for and God loves you so much that They are always there turning the pains of this world into miracles that bring you closer to them.