Life is complicated. Sometimes you go through periods of struggle, suffering and pain. Other times are periods of healing, redemption and restoration. The only difficulty is that we are not able to determine the length, time and severity of such days. But we are not called to understand. We are called to trust.
From a personal standpoint, I have experienced suffering: emotional, physical and spiritual suffering. Under no circumstances would I say my life has been easy. It is only now in the midst of the peace of Jesus that I can see so clearly our Lord in the midst of it all.
When we cry out to God we want to hear from Him. But we are impatient and expect Him to work according to our timing in the form of immediate healing. We get disappointed and frustrated when the answers we seek are not revealed in the form we are looking for. Let me assure you, friends, God is at work. God is merciful. God is in love with us. God does not wish for us to suffer. And yes, you could complicate all of these statements by trying to look at life through your own weakness, rather than God’s strength. Please, accept these promises at face value, because He made them for you.
It is not up to us to determine the steps of our life, and honestly, the path of my life has taken some turns I was not ready for. But at the end of the tunnel and even in the center of it, God revealed a greater purpose that far surpassed an immediate or temporary suffering: He was molding me into the character of my Savior, Jesus, who suffered a tremendous amount for the sake of love.
We are not able to become the same people and see life with the same perspective if all our circumstances were easy, and better yet, we would not have learned to rely on God the same way. So what are we to do when we find ourselves smack in the middle of a storm? Give thanks. Give thanks to the One who is kind, patient, loving, forgiving and merciful. Do you see that in the process, God is being glorified. Do you see that in the center of the pain, His will is being fulfilled to form us, shape us and grow us in our faith. It has been in the midst of my struggles where I have seen some of God’s most powerful miracles. There is a light at the end of the tunnel I promise you, and that light is Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”