Dealing with Life’s Disappointments
Don’t you wish that each and everyday of your life was nothing but joy and happiness, no valley lows, just mountain highs? Well, that might get old after a while and you might not experience growth of any significance, but aren’t there days when you just wish it was always sunshine?
This roller coaster we call life can sometimes get the best of us. Many times you might wish life could just cut you a break and dish out a bed of roses instead of thorns. On the face of it, this sounds fantastic. I mean who wouldn’t want days filled with nothing but bliss? No worries. No concerns other than the next laugh, the next hug, the next ray of sunshine. What would we look like if our present realities reflected this?
A life without stress of any kind would produce what? A longer lifespan some might venture. After all, isn’t stress one of the biggest killers in America now. Isn’t stress one of the greatest health concerns we have? So if we could eliminate all stress, what kind of people would we be? Honestly, I don’t think we could exist without it!
Difficulties, hardships, challenges all have purpose in our lives both physically and emotionally. Each time we put stress on the physical body what happens? It changes. The body responds to stress. Ask any weight lifter about what his goal is in the gym and he…or she, will say that they are looking to breakdown muscle fibers in order to create new growth. Tear down the muscle and the body begins to repair and rebuild, and it will generally rebuild sufficiently to meet the new strains being placed on it.
In Marine boot camp, our drill instructors put us through hell…and they enjoyed it! They made us do things that had nothing whatsoever to do with combat or the new job skill we would be learning. The stress was put on us to develop mental and emotional toughness. Our drill instructors tortured, humiliated and pushed us beyond our limits to test us and prepare us for what might possibly happen on the battlefield. I hated my drill instructors but to tell you the truth, after it was all over I knew that I could do anything, face anything if I had to. I was mentally and physically stronger after going through the process and this helped me a great deal once I hit the fleet.
I think life is like this too. We go through things, harsh things, troubling things, the kinds of things that you would only think happen in nightmares…but those things are not without purpose. I can’t pretend to understand why we suffer what we suffer. Everyone has a different trial to face, but I do know this that we are never alone as we face our challenges. It might feel like that sometimes, like you are the only one suffering financial collapse, relationship troubles, health issues, etc, but you are not. Even if no one close to you or far from you knows what’s happening in your life, God knows which means you are not alone.
Next, if you believe what I’m saying then you should also know this that your trial has purpose! The key is to make that purpose a divine purpose! A purpose tied to His will and not your own. If you believe that God has oversight of your trial, then you can draw strength from knowing that God’s plan is not and has never been about your destruction!!!! He has always wanted what would prosper you and elevate you to the place He intended you for all along. If we can get our heads around the fact that He cares for us, then our trials won’t be viewed as burdens but opportunities for growth!!