Troubles Make Us Stronger

“We’ve been through a lot together, haven’t we, Mom?” a young boy said as he was dying from cancer after losing his father. “But we have grown stronger because of it though.”  (Highway to Heaven TV program)

Isn’t that true for each of us here on earth?  How would we ever grow in knowledge and strength without troubles? 

While we languish in a valley of darkness, we can’t see clearly.  But eventually we come to see the light and wisdom of struggling through it.  We become stronger, don’t we?

If God chooses to keep us in the same tough situation, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, He has a special plan for us.

God has not chosen to give me complete physical health yet.  The final diagnosis is sarcoidosis, an auto-immune inflammatory disease that primarily affects the lungs but can affect other organs also.  I also need to get a sleep study done to test for sleep apnea since my oxygen sats want to plunge too often when I’m sleeping.

God has a reason for it all.  I just need to take a day a time and be thankful for every step in the direction of a better quality of life.  Yes, I’m human, and my inner self pouts like a spoiled child that didn’t get her way.  I wanted complete healing here and now, but God is still good!  I have so many undeserved blessings.

Not one of us is exempt from trouble on this earth, and many of us have undergone deep and heavy trials, sometimes one after another.  However, no matter how many we go through or how long each one lasts, God remains faithful and we will grow stronger.

What dark valleys have you gone through?
How have they made you stronger?


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