Adversity reaches all of us in varying degrees of severity and for differing lengths of time, causing us to struggle. Some difficulties may be avoidable, while others are inescapable. Some people, while suffering a long time, find ways to cope. Most of us have heard the proverbial saying about the effects of hardship and opposition on its victims: If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Often this is true, but I’d never wish to have trouble in my life to prove it. I’d rather read about it in a book about someone else, preferably a fictitious character.
Troubles may scar us and make us sad, but there is a promise in the Bible that I love: Romans 8:28 – 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. Something good comes out of our sorrows. Bad stuff is not good; but with God, good things spring from the wreckage of our bad circumstances. Like the dark threads woven among the brighter ones in a tapestry, the trials of life make each of us who we are, different from any other.
Do you know anyone living with burdens heavier than most people must bear? I know a few, and I keep them in my prayers. My prayer for those who hurt, physically or mentally or emotionally, is this: May eternity bring them joy that far exceeds their memories of bad times.