light>>>darkness

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 Every human being on this planet will at some point in their life encounter an obstacle or hardship. While for some these struggles may be small, others face problems that shake them to their very core.

   The entire point of humanity is to experience life in its purest form—the blessings and the burdens, the joys and the sorrows, and the pleasure and the pain.

   We don’t always enjoy everything that we experience. We hurt, we cry, we get angry, and we get even. Sometimes these moments make us question our abilities and our purpose. I am not afraid to admit that sometimes these battles make me question God.

What we fail to understand is that these struggles are a privilege. When we confront a low point in life, whether it be an illness, the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, or any other tragedy, we feel like we are surrounded by darkness. People tell you to search for the good, but you can’t even see your way out of it, let alone focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. It feels like you are being swallowed in a pit of darkness.

   There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.

It is in this place of misery that you are able to find yourself. You begin to realize that you are not your circumstances, but something far greater. Everything we are tested by—every setback, trial or failure, is truly a gift. Here we are brought to our knees. Our gift is the ability to dig deeper into ourselves and find the gold of who we are.

   Kelly Clarkson reminds us “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Personally, I love that song because it feels so empowering and motivating. There is a profound truth to that saying. When our world falls apart, we face two choices. We can either give up or push through it, and come out much stronger than we were before.

   I truly believe that God does not hand out things that you can’t handle. How we approach the hardships we face determine the next part of our lives. By choosing to find our inner strength, we are demanding humility, bravery, and intelligence from ourselves. All the time, people talk about being blessed to have gone through a major setback because it helped them get to where they are today. People don’t just say this. They know it. Through darkness comes light, through fear comes bravery and through tears come smiles.

   This is the triumph of the human spirit, and we all have it within ourselves. We are esteemed, valued, set apart, chosen, pursued, and loved by a God whose love for us will never run out.

He will sustain you (Isaiah 46:4).

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