I’ve been doing a lot of studying lately on Overcoming Adversity. It seems like everywhere you look people are suffering in one way or another. If they seem to be financially secure their family might be suffering or if they seem to have the perfect family and be finally stable they might be having issues with their health or emotional state. We live in a fast paced world and it can be difficult to juggle all the things we are expected to on a daily basis.
Dr. Cindy Trimm states, “Joy doesn’t come from living a problem-free, blissful, uneventful existence. Where there are no obstacles, there are not triumphs, and there is no story to tell.” Everyone has a story to tell, and for the most part everyone’s story needs to be heard. Nobody is immune from difficulty or disaster. We can be assured that although they may not always be predictable as to when they may occur, they undoubtedly will arrive at some time or other.
Trying to run or hide from the inevitable is a total waste of time. It is only when we look adversity dead square in the face that we are able to find the courage to prevail. God allows adversity to come upon us so that we continue to grow and find the ability to dominate it. We must then choose to view problems as opportunities. It’s in times of pain and struggle that we are challenged to rely on God to pull us through.