My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
It occurred to me the other day that we don’t get to pick our trials. Sometimes when I teach this passage or even just think about it I can feel pretty equipped for any trial I can think of. But God doesn’t usually bring trials into my life that I’ve thought through. They’re usually ones that I haven’t really considered. My pride leads me to dare think that I’m prepared for anything. Then God brings something that I never considered and I have to start right back at the beginning and try to count it all joy. The real trials teach me far more than the ones I thought up.