Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 11, 2017

A Glass Half-Full

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Romans 5:3 (NLT)

Red eye flights are the worst. We boarded the plane at 10:00 p.m. and headed for the back of the plane. We filed into the last row, next to the only restrooms servicing the 150 other people flying economy. As we reached cruising altitude, we depressed the button to recline the seat. (I’m not sure recline is the right word. When I picture a reclining chair, I see a La-Z-Boy chair that lays nearly flat, not a seat that leans back an extra inch or two.)

Could it be a malfunctioning button? A flight attendant noticed our distress as he passed by and said, “Sorry, those seats don’t recline because of the wall behind you.” Oh well, how much would an extra inch or two help anyway? Then the passengers in the row in front of us decided to get comfortable. Now, not only were our seats unable to recline, the seats in front of us felt like they had dropped in our laps.

We tried to doze on the nearly 5-hour trip, but failed miserably. When we finally arrived home, aching for our beds, my son said, “At least no one could kick the back of our seats on that flight.” Always a glass half-full kind of kid.

Red eye flights are not THE worst, I know. I can think of a dozen “problems and trials” we may face that are so much more difficult to bear. Rejoice? Is Paul (the author of Romans) an optimist like my son? How can he tell us we can rejoice in the face of difficulties?

“We can rejoice, too, 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. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)

In context, we understand that our hope lies not in our circumstances, but in the salvation God provides. He fills us up with His love to endure all things.
“Lord, we know it’s not a question of if we have problems and trials, but when. Thank You for the hope we find in You alone, no matter what today holds.”

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (
TRBC Women’s Life

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