James, the brother of Jesus, tells us in James 1:2-3, “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.
In a Bible study the author stated she now looked on trials in her life as adventures with God and her trials became easier to bear. To better understand, we must consider the differences in mental outlook between a trial and an adventure.
When we are undergoing a trial just want to get through it; we want it to end. Our vision is very introspective and we can become selfish, short-sighted, downcast, and overwhelmed. Many times, we may forget to ask Jesus to show us the way and often times we tell Him the best solution for our trial. On the other hand, when we are having an adventure we are eager, upbeat, excited, and open to learning. There is an air of expectation and there is a spirit of willingness to attempt something we normally would not even consider.
Personally, I would rather have adventures with God rather than trials. It makes me much more open to having new experiences with God and growth in faith much easier. Over the years, I’ve had many adventures with God–some harder than others. However, all of them have been easier facing them as adventures. Which would you rather experience in your faith walk with Christ, adventures or trials?