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The Beauty of Suffering

“Life sucks and then you die.”

That’s what my eccentric eighth grade science teacher used to say whenever one of us would complain about tests or homework. Although that statement is definitely harsh, sometimes it can feel true (just keeping it real).

I have a friend who’s in the fight of his life against a nasty cancer. I know people who have lost their parents and siblings. There are people struggling from hunger and homelessness. This isn’t shocking. This is life. And while there are many blessings in this life, there are also many hardships.

Why? Why does God allow this suffering? I’m pretty sure we have all asked this question at some point in our lives. I could go really deep into theology that even I don’t quite understand, but the simple answer is that we live in a fallen and sinful world (Genesis 3). The consequence of our sin is darkness and death (Romans 6:23).

This isn’t what God wants. That’s why He sent His one and only Son Jesus to die for us on a cross. When we ask for forgiveness for the wrongs we’ve done and believe in Jesus’ love for us, we are made new. So why doesn’t life become suddenly perfect?

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV).

Jesus knew that until He comes back for His church one day, there will always be suffering. But He never left us without a hope. God has conquered our problems–our diseases, our poverty, our struggles. He claimed victory over them on the cross.

We know the Bible says that problems are inevitable in life, and that Jesus has overcome them. But how can we really change our perception toward all of the hardships we face?

Let’s look at the apostle Paul, who wrote about having a “thorn” in his flesh that wouldn’t go away.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV). 

This is the beauty of suffering. If we had it all together and were doing great, then we would never see our need for a Savior. We would never need to lean on God and get a taste of how powerful He truly is. If we never had a desperate moment, we would never experience a miracle.

This isn’t easy. We all go through things, and sometimes these hardships stick around longer than we’d like them to. For me, it’s been a chronic illness. Although I am doing quite well, I still face difficulties in my everyday life. But I’ve realized that if I had never gotten sick, then I probably wouldn’t have sought after God so hard. This blog might not even exist.

I do believe that God is healing me, but it’s in His timing–not mine. While I wait, His grace is sufficient for me. I have never known true strength until I found myself broken and needy before the Lord. I can do things through God that I could never do by myself!

And guess what lovely reader? You can too. 

I don’t know your situation or your problems. I know there are people going through a lot worse than me, and my heart breaks for them. But I also know that God works all things for our good. Every struggle is an opportunity to lean on God and watch Him work a miracle in our lives. 

I know that I need to work on trusting God–or else I wouldn’t have written a post on it. Will you join me in learning to trust in God more? I think that if we learn to lean on Jesus and view our struggles in the power of Christ’s victory, then we can have true joy and peace.

Although life can be hard, the struggles we face are not the final chapter. They are the key to seeing God work in mighty and miraculous ways.


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How to Get Your Life Together

I was having one of those nights a few weeks ago that I’m sure you can relate to. My homework was strewn all over the floor, my nails were chewed up, and all I could think about was all of the things I needed to get done. And of course, all of the things that I wasn’t doing right. In the midst of studying for my logic exam and dealing with a chronic illness flair up, all I could say to myself was one thing:

I really need to get my life together.

I bet you a dollar to a donut that you know exactly how I feel. I hear people say this phrase all the time. We are in a constant state of trying to be better, and to be honest, I don’t think anyone’s really got it figured out.

Well fear not. Today I am going to tell you how to get your life together. Actually, I’m not. It’s impossible to have it all together.

Before you leave, let me invite you to know the only one who can help us mend our broken lives. Although we may never reach perfection in this life, there’s always progress to be made. Jesus has a knack for turning people’s lives around and He can do the same for you–no matter how bad your situation.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at Ezekiel 37.

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live (Ezekiel 37:1-5 NKJV). 

I know that you may be going through something tragic or may be struggling with sin. But I also l know that if you’re reading this, you’re not a pile of dead, dry bones (at least not literally). If you’re alive and reading this, then you are not too far gone. God has brought you here for a reason. He wants to revive your life.

He wants to make the dry bones in your heart come to life. No matter what it is that seems hopeless, God can bring transformation.

I know because I’ve lived it. I used to be lost; full of depression, self-hatred, and anxiety so bad I pulled out my own hair. I was dead–until Jesus found me and raised me to life.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV). 

Yes, we live in a sinful world. I’m not perfect, and I won’t be until I see Jesus face to face. There are days when I struggle, but that’s okay. I don’t have to get it all together because Jesus is the perfection in me.

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Lovely reader, please know that God can revive your life as well. Being a Christian is not a process of becoming perfect–it’s a lifelong journey of Christ’s love redeeming the imperfections in us. And that, my friend, is a life worth living.

So next time you find yourself wanting to get your life together, remember God’s love for you. Ask Him to show you grace and give Him control of your situation. It’s not always easy, but He will always be there to walk you through the challenges of life.

You don’t need to get it together. You need to get revival. 


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