Gina Caswell Kelly
Have you ever given much thought to the blessings of the struggle? Usually, when something is worrying us, or we are struggling with some task that seems beyond our capabilities, the idea of it being a blessing doesn’t enter our minds. In fact, blessing is about the furthest thing from our mind. We have a tendency to think no one has things as hard as we do. No one else ever has to go through what we are going through. Generally, just feeling pretty sorry for ourselves. Well, there is some good news for us here in the midst of struggle. Our God really shows up in times of struggle!
If life was always peachy-keen, and nothing bad ever came our direction, what do you think would happen? We would be pretty worthless. Struggle builds us up and makes us more usable. It stretches our faith muscles, as we learn to rely on God. The troubles and trials we all have to go through serve to build us up and help us grow stronger.
With the struggles in our lives, our faith grows and that is a good thing. I am not quite to the point where I am just downright gleeful when problems come, but I am trying to do better at ceasing my struggle and giving it all over to God. Notice that I said trying. We all have a hard time letting go and letting God take control.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul writes that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. Simply put, this means that when we are at our weakest, God is at His strongest. For whatever comes your way, the Father has perfect strength. That is an amazing comfort in your time of need. I can clearly remember a time in my life when I told God I did not want to do what He had placed in front of me to do. I told Him I did not think I could do it. I told Him I wasn’t strong enough. He very clearly told me I was right. I was not strong enough, but He was. He was strong enough, and everything turned out okay then and everyday since, He has given me the strength I need for whatever task or struggle is in front of me.
We are spinning our wheels with our struggles when we are not allowing God to have control of what we are allowing to control us. He wants us to give Him all of what is troubling us. He wants to flex His muscles while we strengthen our faith.
Give God the burden that is weighing you down and keeping you awake at night. Let Him have your struggles, and then watch Him work. You will find that you will grow more able to see the blessings of the struggles when you give them all to God.
It will make a difference.