Most people who know me know that I've been under major stress lately. My parents are dealing the crisis of a lifetime, I'm finishing my hardest semester of college yet, there are big changes at work, plus lots of big events and church activities going on...I'm seriously stressed out. Stress does have some good effects, though...it drives me closer to God.
I have found that the more stressed I am, the closer I get to Him. The more I have on my plate, the more I see that there is no way I can do it all on my own. The weaker I am, the stronger He becomes. During stressful times, and especially during a heartbreaking situation like my parents are going through, I realize that there is nothing I can do. The only thing I can do is put it into God's hands and trust Him.
I love these verses...Psalm 66 (10) For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. (12) You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. (NASB) In hard times and stressful times, I hang onto that promise. No matter how hard things get, God is here with me, and He will bring me through the fire refined as silver.