In preparation for a speaking engagement, I found myself revisiting some of the trials that have helped shape the person I am today. The intensity of emotions that resurfaced with these memories surprised me. I had not anticipated this at all! I took time to allow some of the initial fear and anxiety to resurface in an effort to unmistakably recognize God’s presence throughout the trial. Often when in the midst of a trial, we can’t see the full scope of things. It is as if we are zoomed into the picture rather than viewing through a wide angled lens.
Hindsight can be a great teacher, if we allow it to teach rather than fill us with regrets. Some things that stood out to me are:
- God may not remove the trial, but He gives peace and courage to face it head-on.
- God sends the right person at the perfect time to give comfort, support, or encouragement.
- Dependence on self or dependence on God is evident.
- Trials can sever or bond relationships.
- One can grow and mature through trials.
Today, I can honestly thank God for allowing and taking me through some very difficult trials. Why? Because those difficult times caused me to grow in ways that I may never have grown without them.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5:3-4