There Is a Great Value in Disaster
James 1:2 tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials. I don't know about you but that's hard for me to do. Thank about it, you're watching everything you've worked for go up in smoke, you're too old to start over again and you are told to count it all joy!
I read a story from Mike Tuffin I would like to share with you. Thomas Edison was truly a genius. This man invented the microphone, the phonograph, the incandescent light, the storage battery, movies with sound, and more than 1,000 other things. The truth is the quality of our lives has been immeasurably improved by the genius of a man who overcame dyslexia and found that there was a great deal to learn from the failures and trials that life brought his way.
In 1914, the laboratory where many of Edison’s inventions were birthed caught on fire. Fire companies from eight surrounding towns responded, but inadequate water pressure and intense heat left firefighters with nothing more to do than watch two million dollars in assets that were insured for only $238,000 burn to the ground.
The inventor’s 24 year-old son, Charles, searched frantically for his father. He worried that his father might have been trapped in the structure. When he found him, he was calmly watching the fire, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind.
“My heart ached for him,” said Charles. “He was 67 – no longer a young man – and everything was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, ‘Charles, where’s your mother?’ When I told him I didn’t know, he said, ‘Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this as long as she lives.’ “
The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” (Thank you Mike for sharing this story).
Most of us have a hard time facing our trials with the same spirt Thomas Edison had but that’s exactly what God expects us to do. I know it's hard for us to understand but God knows that real spiritual growth can only come from and through the trials that He allows to come our way. Trials bring Christian maturity and Christian Maturity brings joy. Remember, "Rejoice in the Lord always."
The next trial you go through a trial just remember, it's a test to take us to higher grounds and a joy unspeakable and full of glory! God Bless!!