It never rains but it pours

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1 Peter 5 vs 10

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eter­nal glory in Christ, after you have suf­fered a lit­tle while, will him­self re­store you and make you strong, firm and stead­fast.”

Have you ever thought to your­self “ev­ery­thing I try to do comes with so much dif­fi­culty”? Yes you some­times achieve the de­sired re­sult in the end but the path to suc­cess is filled with dif­fi­cul­ties, ob­sta­cles and un­ex­plain­able chal­lenges.

I was think­ing about a friend of mine re­cently who has led an ex­tra­or­di­nary life. He has en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer, tran­scended and moved bound­aries that seemed im­pos­si­ble. At some point he has even been a trailblazer his in­dus­try.

As I thought of the jour­ney he has trav­elled, I could not help but won­der how he over­came all the in­sur­mount­able ob­sta­cles that he had to deal with at ev­ery turn. He has dealt with all sorts of chal­lenges, some so­cial and some caused by the peo­ple around him. I came to the real­i­sa­tion that it is like that with most of us. In our lives at some point there are things that hap­pen that we can­not ex­plain or un­der­stand.

Some­times you take ten steps for­ward just to be pulled back twenty steps back, you are lit­er­ally brought to your knees and you have to stand up, dust your­self and com­plete the task at hand. It has be­come eas­ier to at­tribute all our mo­ments of mis­for­tune to ei­ther bad karma or just down right bad luck.

The truth how­ever is that God in His wis­dom will never give us more than we can pos­si­bly han­dle. We are put in chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions for a pur­pose; he wants our sto­ries to be­come great tes­ti­monies for oth­ers.

In the midst of stum­bling, fall­ing and fac­ing all sorts of ob­sta­cles aimed at slow­ing us down, some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary will be hap­pen­ing. Dur­ing those mo­ments your ca­pac­ity to deal with sit­u­a­tions is enlarged, your char­ac­ter is be­ing molded to deal with greater re­spon­si­bil­ity and more im­por­tantly the de­spair forces you to go on your knees.

Have you ever won­dered how, de­spite his call­ing, the apos­tle Paul ex­pe­ri­enced so much phys­i­cal and emo­tional pain at the hands of peo­ple who were bent on ei­ther stopping him or killing him? He must have cried out to the Lord on many oc­ca­sions say­ing “but Lord you ap­peared to me, why must I en­dure so much to just pro­claim your name?”

As we go through sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences it is some­times eas­ier to as­sume that you are the only one in the whole wide world who has some many bar­ri­ers put in front of them. The truth is that we all ex­pe­ri­ence all sorts of neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tions, what makes the dif­fer­ence is how we deal with them and the amount of faith we have in our Maker. God ul­ti­mately knows what’s best for us and, like a me­an­der­ing river that is wind­ing its way to­ward the sea, He is do­ing the same with us.

You may shake your head in de­spair and agony and curse the day you were born in the be­lief that the world has sin­gled you out for mis­for­tune. Take time to en­quire from those next to you, de­spite the smiles, they all have a story to tell.

Make an ef­fort to pa­tiently wait on the Lord to bring about di­vine out­comes in your life, your part is to be an obe­di­ent ser­vant who al­lows him­self to be led. The next time some­thing crazy hap­pens and to­tally de­flates you, just pray to the Lord and ask Him to let this pass and in time it shall. Don’t de­spair, you will get to the Promised Land.

Be blessed

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