“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” (James 1:2)
Bedrest. Not one of the “trials” I ever thought I would encounter. I‘m healthy. I’ve had two previous wonderful pregnancies. I can usually accomplish anything I set my mind to. My body can handle this…. Even being pregnant with twins, I didn’t even consider that I could be a candidate for bedrest.
And now that I’m on bedrest and recognizing my somewhat fragile state (and wondering if it seems to others I am too “weak” to handle a twin pregnancy), I feel a little bit like my pride has been checked. And I consider it joy.
Bedrest. Not one of the “trials” I ever thought I could handle. I‘m independent. I’m a perfectionist. My children, my house, and my life are under control. I could never let someone else do my work…. I never considered that God might ask me to.
And now that He has, I realize that I can… and that it’s hard. And I consider it joy.
You see, I have learned that it is often in times of trial (living with dystonia, losing a baby, going on bedrest…) and in times of coming to an end of myself that I am matured, sanctified, perfected. I find myself entering into this trial with joy knowing that I will come out of it changed. I look forward to what God will teach me in the coming weeks and months; and though it may be painful… and emotional… and hard… at times, yet I will consider it joy!