One of my favorite sayings is The struggle is real. I sorta smirk every time I hear it or see it as a hashtag. I just want to say, Duh, did you think it was fake, phony, or fictional? Of course it’s real. Everyone struggles from time to time, and that’s to be expected. Take a look at what scripture tells us.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ~Romans 8:18
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. ~James 1:12
My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. ~ Psalm 119:71
When you look at all three of these verses, you see that suffering ends well. It begins and ends with hope and promises that you will benefit in some way. I know it’s hard to focus on anything positive coming out of your suffering as you’re going through it, but trust and believe that suffering will end, and it ends well.
Growing up with Crohn’s Disease and not really knowing how to deal with it was my struggle for decades. It’s a wicked illness that leaves you worn out and even depressed. I remember praying to God to help me withstand the pain associated with this disease and asking to just be normal (whatever that means). Well, the first prayer was clear, and he completely removed the pain. I can almost remember the moment it happened in the summer of 2001.
I think God is still smirking at my other prayer. I can almost hear him say, Normal? I don’t do normal. You are my masterpiece. You might be feeling the same way I felt all those years ago, but take a minute to think about what makes you who you are. What are those special talents, abilities, and gifts that you have? How are you using them to glorify the Gift Giver? God doesn’t want you to be ordinary; he wants you to be extraordinary. As always, remember who you’re representing. Even in times of struggle, he wants you to be extraordinary because he’s right there with you in the midst of it all. May blessings abound! <3