It Could Be Worse

August 7, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Tags: John Guerra, First Baptist Church

Once there was a little boy who lived in the country. For bathroom facilities, they had to use an outhouse. The little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and it stank all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek, and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the water. One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy decided that today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a large stick and pushed. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away. That evening his dad sternly told him to sit down. Knowing he was in trouble, the little boy asked why. The dad replied, "Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn't it, son?" The boy nodded meekly. Then he thought a moment and said, "Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't get into trouble because he told the truth." The dad replied, "Well, son, George Washington's father wasn't in that cherry tree!"

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” 

Romans 5:4-5

When we experience difficult circumstances, as believers, we can trust that God is working in spite of the difficulties we see and feel. He uses whatever this fallen world throws at us to produce in us what He knows we need: perseverance, character, and hope. When we’re going through the grinder, we are looking for relief, answers, an easy button, or a short cut. When someone we love is struggling, too often we want to rescue them, but do we really want to short-circuit the Master Designer’s project? No, we need to pray for God to increase our faith until we are ready to trust Him “to work all things together” for His good because we love Him and we’re called according to His purpose, not this world’s and not our own. Instead of fighting the process, trust in a perfect Father.


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