Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Daily Devotional: Trial by Fire
Wednesday March 29, 2017 by Amy Peterson
Read: James 1:1–12 | Bible in a Year: Judges 7–8; Luke 5:1–16
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life. James 1:12
Last winter while visiting a natural history museum in Colorado, I learned some remarkable facts about the aspen tree. An entire grove of slender, white-trunked aspens can grow from a single seed and share the same root system. These root systems can exist for thousands of years whether or not they produce trees. They sleep underground, waiting for fire, flood, or avalanche to clear a space for them in the shady forest. After a natural disaster has cleared the land, aspen roots can sense the sun at last. The roots send up saplings, which become trees.
For aspens, new growth is made possible by the devastation of a natural disaster. James writes that our growth in faith is also made possible by difficulties. “Consider it pure joy,” he writes, “whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2–4).
It’s difficult to be joyful during trials, but we can take hope from the fact that God will use difficult circumstances to help us reach maturity. Like aspen trees, faith can grow in times of trial when difficulty clears space in our hearts for the light of God to touch us.
Thank You, God, for being with us in our trials, and for helping us to grow through difficult circumstances.
Trials and tests can draw us closer to Christ.
James says trials will reveal whether our faith is genuine (James 1:3), and will strengthen and mature us (v. 4). The apostle Paul also believed that suffering is beneficial. He said, “we can rejoice . . . when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment” (Rom. 5:3–5 nlt). Read James 1:12 and consider what’s in store for those who endure testing through faith in Jesus.
Mark Your Calendar:
Today: PK & K Field Trip
March 30: Nutzy Program in the Library
March 31: Hoops for Heart & Jump rope for Heart Event for Pre – K through 8th Grade
April 5: Scholastic Bowl Meet @Brunswick Academy
April 5: 5th Grade Field Trip
April 7: Prom!
April 10: 7th & 11th Grade Field Trip
April 12: Progress Reports
Birthdays This Week:
A Happy April 2 Birthday to Virginia F. & Curtis I.!!
Monday: Weekly Meeting/AV Meeting
Friday: Becca A. Senior Chapel Talk
Congratulations to Willow M., Genevieve H., and Noah F. for raising over $150 and winning Gabby the Giraffe.
All money and permission forms for Hoops/Jump Rope for heart are due Thursday March 30.
Grades 7 – 12: There will be an open gym on Friday March 31 from 3 – 4 pm for a $5 donation. All money raised will go to the American Heart Association.
The gym will be closed the week of April 3 – 7 for prom decorating. Lower school P.E. has been canceled for this week.
Baseball pictures will be taken on Tuesday April 11 at 2:30 PM
Varsity Baseball will practice Mon – Fri from 3 – 5 pm
March 30, 4:30 pm
Away vs. Brunswick Academy
Players need to be dismissed from class at 2:15 pm to be ready to leave at 2:30 pm
April 3, 4:30 pm
Away vs. Kenston Forest School