God’s Design in Trials

Today I am reflecting on God’s design in the trials of life. This piece is based on the Five Minute Friday word prompt for the week: Design.


I love to work in my garden and always enjoy the great wonder of seeing God’s design in the things He created.

It’s easy to see God’s design in the beauty of life, but how can it be that the trials of life are also part of God’s blueprint for growth for the Christian? It’s a hard truth, but if we look closely at the path our lives have taken, we can see His loving hand carefully moulding and shaping us with each step in life’s journey…even the difficult steps.

The tune to a favorite hymn, “Jesus, draw me ever nearer” has been running through my heart and mind today. Let me invite you to listen with me to a beautiful version of this hymn which I truly love.

This verse captures my heart:

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart's testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

This particular verse reminds me that when the heart of a Christian is tested by that which happens in life’s journey, it’s is God’s design and purpose to perfect and complete us and make us look more like Jesus.

Author: barefootlilylady

I love sharing about my barefoot gardening adventures, hence my blogger name. As I write, some of my other passions might spill out -- like fun with grandkids, baking and sewing endeavors, what I'm studying in Scripture, and the like. My readers will notice that one of the primary things I write about is Alzheimer's. May what I write be an encouragement to anyone who is a caregiver for someone they love with memory loss.

8 thoughts on “God’s Design in Trials”

  1. I love how we can choose our perspective–we can take the results of sin (sickness, trials, hardships), and choose to see them as opportunities to grow more Christlike. Or, we can think God has it out for us. I choose to believe God has used the hardships–my husband’s near-death from cancer, my daughter’s mental illness, and other little disappointments along the way–to make me a better person. One who has learned to lean on him no matter what. One who doesn’t demand to know the answers. One who finds contentment in gratitude.

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    1. Wow, Anita. Your life’s path has had many twists, turns and unknowns. I’m thankful you are leaning on Jesus and can find that place of gratefulness. I just love to think about this verse in Scripture which reminds me that I am hemmed in by God, surrounded by His loving care and protection: “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. ” Psalm 139:5

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  2. What a beautiful song. Thank you for sharing it! It’s true that even our trials can be woven into something beautiful as part of God’s design for us. Thanks for visiting my FMF!

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