When adversity strikes and overtakes many or all areas of our lives, it can be difficult to see the multiple hidden blessings that are obtained by moving through our challenges, one day at a time. Adversity provides us with the chance to remove things from our lives that are non-essential and have been weighing us down.
Just as important, adversity makes the overcomer a better person, as the spoils of war are available to those who refuse to quit and succumb to their current tragic circumstances. We learn how to become resilient, how to step out in faith, and how to seize opportunities when obstacles arise in our paths.
First, remember that the current trial will pass. In the midst of difficulties and pain, it can seem as if nothing will ever change, particularly when problems seem to last month after month, or in some instances, year after year. Deep adversity often comes to prepare us for our true calling in life, and while we may believe we are already poised, and ready to move forward to the next level in our personal relationships, careers, or other areas in life. However, God sees us in our entirety, and knows how much we need and how much we can bear in order to become the people He has called us to be.
Second, keep in mind that many others are dependent on your survival of this current storm, even though it may seem as if your suffering is for naught. Many great charitable organizations were born out of an individual’s challenges which, once overcome, inspired them to help others do the same. Though those around us may not say it, our true friends will want to see us get back up and succeed.
Third, adversity is a time when all relationships must be assessed for their true contribution to our lives. The eye of a crisis will not permit disloyal friends, nor age-old abusive relationships, as these are distractions in the refining process. While often painful, the loss of or change in dynamic in current relationships, as well as the establishment of new ones, are positive signs of growth.
Fourth, it is important to acknowledge that when our world is falling apart, the answers we so desperately seek are there, if we would only ask the right questions. When burdened, it can be hard to function normally, much less think rationally about the solutions to our problems.
However, we have to start by asking for the help we need. Every contact breeds another contact, and suddenly, a web of support is created before our very eyes, carrying us from challenge to challenge.
Finally, take the time to appreciate the new person you are coming, and how oftentimes old experiences and skills are revitalized in challenging times in order for us to move forward. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
The storms in life are not to be feared, but rather embraced as the vehicles which move us to our next level of growth.