The Beauty Of Adversity

“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.  For when your faith is tested, your endurance has chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”
James 1:2-4

You might be thinking, how crazy I am to see beauty in adversity. How am I able to see through the darkness. To survive through the storms. No one like trials. Specially, trials that involves your faith. A lot of people ask me and wonder how was I able to survive my divorced, going through and the aftermath.

To tell you honestly, I still look my self, how I was able to survive that.  The lies, deceptions, and watching fourteen years of marriage, of hard work, compromises, heart aches and sacrifices, down the drain, gone in the blink of eye. I remember, telling myself. One more day, survive one more day, live one more day. Trying to make sense of everything. Asking God why? And it’s just silence. An eerie silence of abandonment covered with darkness. The weight of the world coming down on you. God must have His own reasons, I said with a doubt while wiping the tears off my eyes.

When someone ask me, how am I able to survive it. I smile and say, “My faith in God and His promises.” Not my strength nor my effort, but in Him alone and no one else. Because no matter how many times I fail, I know that He loves me no matter what. That there’s nothing or no one in this world that could surpass His unconditional love for me.

Past forward to present, I see things differently. Before I used to cower in fear. Fear of abandonment, failure. All the what ifs of things that could go wrong. Everything is all about perception. If you see trials as a way of being defeated then you’ll always be defeated, you’ll never gain victory. If you see it as an opportunity to grow, to improve yourself, to learn from it, and evolve from it. Then you will have an upper hand. Victory will surely be yours. A lot of us ask God why is this happening? Why is it that He put us in certain place? To suffer a particular circumstance. It would be better if we ask Him, to show us the reasons. I believe God allow such things to happen. I believe that He put us in a certain place. Not to punish us, but so that He could show His power and might through us. So that the people around us will see that we serve the mighty God. So that He could show His glory through us. I could not think of a better method to be a witness to this fallen world but by our actions. How we react through all the craziness in our daily lives.

I guess you could say I’m out of my mind. But when I see adversity coming, I ask God to lead the way. I think of it now as  opportunity to grow and learn. To show this world, that greater is He the one that lives in me than the one who is in the world. In order to come to this level of spiritual maturity, God had broken me down, now I see. Before I always ask Him why. Now, I couldn’t thank Him enough. Like the verse above, I am indeed perfect and complete lacking nothing. Because in Christ alone I found true joy. Not the things of this world or anything that comes with it. It is my prayer that you will too.

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