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The blessing of Difficulties:
Life is full of unexpected things. Of sorrow and heartache. Of disappointment. Of not knowing and of difficulties that seem impossible to surmount. But difficulties and challenges are blessings too, and today I’m thankful for those difficult blessings.
I think there’ve been a lot of hard things in the past years of my life- things that must be kept tucked away in my heart. I know there have been a lot of tears, and a lot of prayers, and a lot of just not knowing.
But the difficult times have changed me. They’ve grown me, pushed me to rise above my naturally fearful nature, helped me to be brave and to keep trying. I’m a little wiser for the difficulties. And the challenges have helped me to be creative and to stay positive and be grateful for every little thing.
But more than anything, they’ve helped me to cling to Jesus even more than I ever had before.
It is easy to trust Him and to praise and thank Him when the sun is shining and when all is well. But when if feels like the things nearest your heart are being torn away one after the other, and your long cherished hopes and dreams dashed right before your eyes, sometimes it is easy to forget to be thankful. Sometimes it is hard to see the blessings through the tears or to realize that all things work together for good. Someday.
This year has had its challenges. I like knowing what to expect and being able to plan for the next day and the next.
But not being able to know about sometimes more than just today has helped me to trust Him without so many questions, and helped me to live more for today and to be more mindful of today’s blessings than of what tomorrow’s might be. The challenges we’ve faced have brought blessings with them, and I am so thankful that He has helped me to not be so blinded by the struggles that I couldn’t see them and treasure then and rejoice in them.
I’ve had a chance to live through God’s provision. I’ve had a chance to know that humanly speaking, there was no possible way to keep going, but to see Him provide time and time again.
I still get nervous sometimes when we get bills in the mailbox. But then I look at what He has done, and my heart gains courage that He’ll do it again today and tomorrow and the next day.
This journey of trusting and waiting is a life long one. I’m sure that someday the difficulties of this season will only be memories and moments that will encourage me to face the new challenges of the next season. But trust builds trust. Faith builds greater faith. I’m just thankful that He knows what He is doing and that He helps us every step along the way, no matter what it is that we are called to bear.
What GreaThings are you thankful for today?