Devotional Thoughts · thoughts-from-my-heart

Trials Really Are Blessings


Not too long ago, a friend posted the words to the song “God Will Make This Trial a Blessing” on Facebook. My, my! It brought back memories! I remembered the tent meeting that my best friend, Dixie, and I attended together in East Prairie, Missouri. She and her family set up the tent for evangelist Jack Parchman every summer. I missed her so much that her family graciously allowed me to tag along for three weeks. Her family also did special music for the meetings. They let me sing, too! It was so much fun! We sang several songs: “Love Went Deeper”, “He Looked Beyond my Fault (and saw my need)”, and “God Will Make this Trial a Blessing”. 

I loved the words to the song so much! They resonated with my fifteen year old heart. God would see me through the trials of not having a boyfriend, not knowing what I should do with my life, the drama of being a girl…it would all end up being a blessing. The song said so!

I chuckle now as I look back on those trials. They were big then, but not so much now. I’ve faced real trials since then, big trials. The loss of my Dad, financial reversal more than once, betrayal by Christian brothers and sisters…deep valleys, some of which I can’t even share with others. But the Lord knows.

And you know what? God has made them a blessing! Oh, no, I didn’t shout the praises while I was in the midst of the trial, but I had hope. I kept my eyes up! I looked for blessings while the fires were refining me, and I found them.

Here are the words:

I’ve just come into a valley one like I’ve never been before.
I keep searching for a way out seems like pad locks are on the doors.
Oh there must be another sunrise another sunset that I’ll see.
God will make this trial a blessing that’s the love he has for me.
God will make this trial a blessing tho it sends me to my knees.
Tho my tears flow like a river yet in him there’s sweet relief.
There’s no need to get discouraged there’s no need to talk defeat.
God will make this trial a blessing and the whole wide world will see.
I was not the first one to come into this place.
You see every child of God has a test you must face.
It is here that God will mold you and make you what you ought to be.
God will make this trial a blessing just be patient, you will see.
God will make this trial a blessing, tho it sends me to my knees.
Tho my tears flow like a river, yet in him there’s sweet relief.
There’s no need to get discouraged there’s no need to talk defeat.
God will make this trial a blessing and the whole wide world will see.
Now I’m standing on a mountain looking back I can see.
When I was in that lowest valley his strong hand was leading me.
Oh its good to see the sunshine and to taste sweet victory.
God has made this trial a blessing oh the grace he gives to me.
God will make this trial a blessing tho it sends me to my knees.
Tho my tears flow like a river yet in him there’s sweet relief.
There’s no need to get discouraged there’s no need to talk defeat.
God will make this trial a blessing and the whole wide world will see.
 I learned that this song really is true. Trials really are blessings.

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