By Jessica Mast.
During my life, I have found we learn the most through experience. When I was 25 years old, my husband of two and a half years passed away on his 28th birthday. After I experienced this unexpected tragedy in my life, I found I could either let it drag me down the path of despair or choose to learn from it and discover how it would be used for my future.
I chose the latter. Here are some lessons I learned that hopefully will enable you to not only survive a trial but also find greater purpose and hope for an abundant future:
Live in Peace When Circumstances are Uncertain
You can find peace for your soul when you practice thankfulness. Instead of looking at the bad in a situation, turn your eyes to all you have to be thankful for. This shifts your focus from all that is causing you turmoil to how God has blessed you and how God is taking care of you. The simple act of listing all you have to be thankful for will bring calmness when you need it most.
Change of Perspective Can Change Everything
When hardship strikes, we quickly feel as if we are buried under our enormous circumstances. Our God is greater than anything we suffer, and He knows how our situation is working within the bigger picture of life. We don’t know how our today is affecting our tomorrow or even others around us. Try to see your trial from the perspective of knowing God is bigger, He is taking care of you, He will never leave you, and He is working out a greater purpose for you and for others. You will begin to feel strengthened to keep persevering and keep going.
If You are Still on This Earth, Your Assignment is Not Complete
When I suffered the loss of my husband at a young age, I felt my life was over. I didn’t want to go on in life. I believe God showed me something when I was at such a low point. As long as I was still living, He still had work for me to complete. You were born with a plan and a purpose that only you can fulfill. You don’t want to cut that short by giving up on life. You will always reap a reward if you do not lose heart and do not give up.
A Trial is Often Used as a Time of Preparation
Going back to what I said in the beginning, we learn the most through experience. We learn more about ourselves and our God, we mature and we grow in wisdom. Perhaps your experience now is intended to mature you so that you can responsibly handle a bigger blessing in your future. Your circumstance may look like it will harm you, but it will grow you.
May you find the peace and hope you need for today as you look toward a bigger and brighter tomorrow.
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