Have you ever seen a strong person with an easy past?
Perhaps, your answer is no.
Of recent, I have been thinking about life and why it is often full of so many challenges and trials. Why do people suffer? Why do people go through difficult stages? Why do people get sick? Broke? Rejected? Why can’t things just be easy all the time?
After praying, meditating and reflecting, I finally came to realize that the trials we face in life are really not by accident, and if anything, they serve a much bigger purpose in our lives and growth as individuals. Regrettably, though, we don’t realize this good news because our minds are often clouded with misery and frustration.
I have gathered that in order to gain something out of difficult situations, we must first learn to look at them as a necessity for our growth, not as punishments or inconveniences. We must learn to acknowledge that everything we are going through in life, whether good or bad, is for a specific reason and a greater purpose.
We may not understand what God is trying to teach us during these difficult stages, but in time, it will be revealed to us. It is always easier said than done, but there’s no harm in taking solitude in the fact that your trials are molding you into becoming a stronger, wiser and much better individual.
Another thing we must remember is that God strengthens us not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of others. He puts us through trials so that we can become toughened and equipped enough to stand as a pillar and an anchor for others. If you look at world leaders, CEOs and most of the other influential people in the world today, you notice that a majority of them barely had it easy growing up. They always share at least one trial and setback that they faced in life, not because they want a pity party, but because they want to empower their audience and remind them that none of their present fortunes came easy.
Tyler Perry was physically and sexually abused growing up. J.K Rowling was rejected by eight publishers. Albert Einstein couldn’t even speak till he was four and didn’t read till the age of seven. There is an endless list of great people who went through unimaginable trials in life – but today, they are some of our biggest inspirations and role models. I can assure you that they wouldn’t be in the position they are today if not for the trials they faced earlier on in life.
Look at yourself and your situation in a similar light. Believe that your trials are here to shape you positively and not break you down. Believe that one day, you will be able to use your “sad” stories to uplift others and advocate for those who are helpless. Believe that God is putting you through all this work because He wants to create a masterpiece. Envision yourself as a diamond in the making.
Romans 5:3-5 says “rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us”
When God is testing you through obstacles, try to embrace them with the hope that you will come out better and stronger. Nothing good in life ever comes easy; so be rest assured that your best and most fulfilling days are yet to come.
Lastly and most importantly, let us remember that trials and tribulations come with a great reward. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4,12).
May the good God above grant you the capacity to forge ahead and remain strong during life’s most difficult times in Jesus’ name. Amen.