I'm a believer that things happen for a reason. But, when bad or difficult things happen it's hard to understand why they are happening. It is easier to ask, 'why me?' about our trials in life than to look for what we can gain from the experience, especially right when we are in the middle of the trial.
I'm trying to figure out why a cousin and dear friend is fighting breast cancer for a second time. I want to know why she may not be here to watch her children grow. I want to know why she may not be able to see them graduate from high school or college, why she may not be there for their weddings or to see her grandchildren born. Why she may not be able to grow old and travel the world with her husband? Why her? Why someone I care about?
Amidst all of my 'why's' I do know that there is a reason and that God has our best interest in mind. I know we can't see the the lessons that will be learned, the growth that will come, the knowledge that will be gained and the strength that will be rightly earned. He can and I have to keep this in my mind at all times. Does it make the trials easier. No. It just helps me understand their purpose in our lives.
I recently stumbled upon this quote. It helped shed some light on adversity and the role it plays...
"Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from a mountaintop. So you will learn things in adversity that you would of never discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper." -Og Mandino
I'm hoping and praying that you and I will find the seeds of good in our adversities.
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