I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. - John 16:33
We cannot escape the troubles of this world. What we can do is modify our responses to the adversities and failures that will inevitably come our way. God never promised life would be easy or trouble-free, but He calls to trust in Him through all circumstances.
It was my sophomore year of college and I was trying to get into a very selective medical program. I wrote the essay, did the interview, turned in my references and passed all three obstacles, except my GPA was .1 away from their minimum acceptance. I didn’t make it in. I was embarrassed. I didn’t know what step to take next. I felt like I failed myself.
Little did I realize, God was ever present the entire time. I transferred universities and was accepted into their medical program without hesitation. Fast forward 5 years, and here I am working in the profession I thought I failed at years prior.
My faith was stretched but stronger.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:12-13
When it comes down to it, not getting accepted was never a failure at all. That’s what the outside world told me it was. But God doesn’t work like that. Sometimes it takes our lowest point to finally feel God pressing in to lift us up and learn to depend on Him in all circumstances. So really, what we think of as failures are actually great ways to reflect on all that He has done for us and all that He is doing in our lives to prepare us for the future He has so intricately designed for each and every one of us.
Through all of my adversities in this life, God has shown His abundant love for me and revealed passions of my heart to pursue wholeheartedly. So I pursue those things - writing, missions, service, genuine compassion all done with a heart full of more appreciation for the little things in life - in hopes that the words God lays on my heart will find you in your place of adversity.
God’s plan has exceeded my expectations. And He is in the midst of doing the same for you.
Although we may fail, we serve an unfailing God, and He grants us the grace and forgiveness to have a transformed heart and grow in wisdom and faith.
Try your best in all you do. If God closes that door, pray and work hard to find the next opportunity that awaits. But whatever you do, do not give up. You are not a failure. Even better, your strength is found in Christ who overcame this world. He has the final word.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
- Psalm 73:26
1. What is an adversity you are currently facing? Something that you feel you failed at in the past or struggling with currently? How can that burden be transformed from trouble to triumph?
2. Find someone you know is struggling with a problem they are facing. Share an experience of yours and how you are overcoming or have overcome that battle.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unfailing love. Thank You Lord for opening and closing doors, guiding me on the path You designed. I pray that my journey of faith and trust in You encourages others in their season of struggle. I pray for continued guidance to fulfill the passions You have so graciously laid on my heart. It is in Your name I pray, Amen.
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