- September 6, 2017
The Gift in Adversity
- by: Charis Brown
- September 9, 2020
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” -James 1:2&3
I often reminisce on my family history. So much of what we encounter in our daily lives roots back to our childhood experiences. (See Paul Hegstrom’s book Broken Children, Grown-Up Pain.) But when I think of what happened when I was young, I no longer see it as something to avoid and view as awful. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t fun, and I still deal with the consequences of some of what happened. But instead of feeling full of unforgiveness I am filled with gratitude that God allowed me to be in such a place so that I would need to depend on Him more, and that I would know Him as my Heavenly Father. In place of the pain and hurt, He has placed irrevocable joy.
I doubt many of us that are in or have been in difficult circumstances could call them a blessing. It has taken a lot of time, a lot of healing, and a lot of restoration, but it was so worth the price. The joy of knowing Christ and experiencing His peace, love and joy in spite of circumstances is better than any diamond, ruby or emerald on this earth, or any comfort we might enjoy. If you’ve never been through adversity, you’ll never know how valuable it is to be without it. And, you’ll never know the blessing of the depth of God experiences we need in order to get us through those tough times.
Someone once told my dad, “God must love you a lot. He does not allow such difficult experiences into a life that He does not plan to use greatly.”
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