Life May Seem Unfair, For Now
– by Jenny-May Hudson
It was on a normal school day that Dedda came home early from work. I walked back from school as I always did when we moved to Lynnwood, and on my arrival at ten past two, he was waiting for me, pacing, longing for confrontation. “You are late.” “No, Dedda, I am not.” The muscle on his temple sprang into action as he launched at me, his big hands gripping my thirteen-year-old frame. “Are you calling me a liar, Jeanette?” “No, Dedda, I am not.” “So then, you are late from school.” “Yes, Dedda.” “Get to your room!” He pointed towards the passage and bent down to my level while doing so. I waited and waited. With Dedda, a mandatory catch-22 situation was in operation. If the answer or confession that he demanded was not forthcoming, or was denied, he would ask me if I was calling him a liar. This was not an option. Ever! So I would wait for the hiding. The wait was worse than the physical pain, and the rejection after the hiding was worse still.”
The Bible says we must consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance, which finishes a work in us, so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. At the time when Jenny-May experienced her childhood trials, she certainly did not jump for joy, but sometimes felt frustration, exasperation, and confusion. Perseverance and hope in James’s promise is what brought her to the finish line of maturity. Every trial offered an advantage, which showed up in her adult life as Kingdom tools. Tools Jenny-May now uses to defeat the kingdom of darkness. What a joyous victory these trials produced!
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Extract from Monsters, Mice and Mercy © 2013, Jenny May-Hudson. Reprinted by kind permission of Lion Hudson Ltd.
JOY! Magazine (June 2018)