Monday, August 1, 2011

Adversity

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  ~Jewish Proverb

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.  ~Author Unknown

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.  ~John Aughey


One thing is certain – no one escapes adversity. It does not generally come in the form of punishment, vengeance or retribution. Instead we face adversity not so that God can test us, but so that we can test ourselves, for He already knows the outcome.

The tests come for our experience and growth, to cause us to dig deep into the recesses of our souls and discover what we’re made of, what we believe, how we will respond. The lessons we learn can be endless, but are ultimately for our good if we will approach our life lessons with faith and humility.

Sometimes, as we are testing our resources to cope with adversity, we must bear in mind we are given nothing greater than we can handle. The Lord knows our limits, knows our threshold, if you will, and so, will provide us with the capacity to endure.

No matter how difficult, or even tragic our adversity may be, we must seek to understand what it is we are to learn from the experience. These lessons don’t always come immediately, and may not be realized for weeks, months, or even years. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to absorb the lesson, so long as we do.

With adversity also comes a need to trust in God. Since He is shaping and molding our lives, we must learn to trust in His will and believe that He knows what is best for us. Embracing this fact can free us from despair, feelings of failure, remorse, or sorrow. Understanding brings acceptance, acceptance brings resolution, and resolution brings us to the successful conclusion of our test.

Share some of your experiences with adversity. How has it shaped your life? How has if made you stronger? How do you cope with adversity?

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