Remember this when times are tough
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” - Genesis 50:20
I know what tough times feel like. I’ve been there, multiple times.
At age 8, my dad passed away from a drug overdose.
When I was 10, hurricane Katrina flooded the home I grew up in - forcing my mom and I to relocate.
Five years later, my mom got severely ill and was in the hospital for a month. I stayed with friends during that time.
At age 20, my mom passed away unexpectedly due to a severe case of pneumonia.
In the following 4 years, I lost 8 close friends and family members to either unexpected accidents or debilitating diseases.
Trust me, I know what tough times feel like.
I understand the helplessness, anxiety and extreme grief that comes along with difficult circumstances.
With that being said, I would like to establish a new perspective when it comes to those hard seasons and circumstances.
A perspective that is polar opposite to the usual one that tends to lead to questions like: “Why me?” Or “How can I get out of this situation?”
That’s a flawed perspective that ultimately treats difficult times as nothing but detrimental to the overall human experience.
But, that could not be further from the truth.
In fact, I would venture to say that the greatest pains of your life are the reason you’re standing as strong as you are today.
The same way that a muscle most tear and burn in the weight room to grow and get stronger, is the same way we as people must go through hard times to develop into the person we have been called to be.
So, it’s time for a new perspective. A perspective that does not ask “How can I get out of this?” But instead asks: WHAT can I get out of this?”
What character trait or understanding could God be carving into me by virtue of this trial? And what can I do to make sure I don’t miss it?
More often than not, the situation you have found yourself in can’t change, but you sure can.
When times are tough, think on that instead.
You’re not a victim, you’re a victor.
See every obstacle as an opportunity to grow for the glory of God - because they are.