Look at the Stars

"Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"

Job 2:10 NKJV

Prosperity is always more preferred to adversity, trials, and pain, is it not? When was the last time you walked through a night of adversity? Or perhaps a long, dark season of trials, one thing after another building up until you want to curl up in a ball and hide until the sun comes out again.

Times of adversity hit especially hard when they seemingly come out of the blue--right when everything is looking up. Right when you're returning to a job, or the test results come back looking promising and those bills are being paid steadily down.
And then BOOM.
The night closes in, all seems lost, and we barely have the strength to lift our heads and pray.
But we must.
We must lift our eyes and preach the one thing that never, ever changes or else we will get lost in the mire and muck of the dark, stormy night. Hope.
Not hope for changed, prosperous circumstances nor even the cliche of, "This too shall pass" despite its truth.
But hope in God. The love of such a Savior and a good, good Father that is to be our strength. Sometimes it is to keep pressing on, doing the next thing and taking one day at a time. Sometimes we need God's strength to be still before Him and wait. To let go and let HIM.
Shall we only accept the good and successes and blessings from God and not the adversity and trials that pass through God's hand?
There is so much hope to be discovered in the dark night of adversity. I promise you this.
Oftentimes we need to extinguish outside lights to really embrace hope in all its magnificent beauty--much like what we need to do to see the stars at night. I live in the suburbs--it's difficult to see the stars out here. But out in the country, the stars' vast glory give me pause because there are few artificial lights glaring and demanding our attention.
More often than not, times of adversity come with forced rest of some sort. To sit back, let go and let God. And it is hard. Frightening in how we all of a sudden realize how little we have, how we have such little control over our lives--but this is a gem of truth every single one of us needs to realize at some point in our lives. And often times God uses such times of adversity/forced rest to teach us that He is over all, we have nothing without Him, and when we uncurl our fists in surrender--He will put a new song in our hearts. And this is a promise straight from His love letter to us:
"I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth--praise to our God."
Psalm 40:1-3 NKJV
Take heart.
Look up. 
Uncurl those fists and let go.
Let HIM be your sustenance, provision, and constant hope. The time of adversity may stretch on for many months, even years--but just as we gladly accept all the good from the Lord that He bestows upon us, so we must accept the adversity that passes through His hands, used for HIS refining process to chisel away at our hearts to make us come out of the fire like gold. 
"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10

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