The body shop called with the bad news: there was a good chance my van, which had been broadsided, would be totaled. My insurance company echoed their concern. My heart fell. The last thing I wanted at this tumultuous season of life was to have to find a new vehicle. I was in tears when I hung up the phone, but suddenly remembered how much I’d been asking God to help me trust that He was engineering the circumstances of my life. “No!” I said. “I am going to count it all joy.” Over and over, I repeated the phrase from James until my heart settled and my faith was released. Doubts circled but I refused them, immediately. Within the hour I got a call from my insurance company. “They have decided to fix your van,” she said. “Praise the Lord,” I responded. “Yes…indeed,” she said, sounding happy for me. I hung up thanking and praising God and vowing to remember this test forever.  

“…count it all joy when you fall into trials…that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV