Hardship vs Perspective...
Updated: Sep 8, 2019
Ever faced hardship, like the real kind where the grace period on all your bills has lapsed and here you are with the addition of an eviction notice plastered on your door? What if I told you that hardship is good for you, would you believe me? Allow me to explain. The thing with every step you and I take there is either a blessing to celebrate and express gratitude for or hardship to build in us gratitude and dependence on who our truest source is.
If you think about it we are either leaving hardship, going through hardship, or about to go through hardship. How you handle it is a matter of perspective. You either allow the bills to take over your life or you focus on The One who has allowed this to be to guide us through to greater understanding of the big picture in prayer. For me, hardship has been a way in which God reminds me who is in control. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to go through certain things the way I know I have to but perspective has started to take center stage in my growing in Christ. It's not for nothing that God says -
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine." Isaiah 55:8
What you and I have to realize is that we cannot understand everything no matter how hard we try, especially during the hard times. What we can do is hold onto trusting that the Lord's path for you and I, even through the hardships, is way beyond what we can imagine. Once that's our perspective then we begin to see that all we need to do is put all our trust in Him and leave it all to Him. We mustn't forget though, that He (God) has expectations of us that we must work out and get done because we weren't put here for nothing. Let's shift our perspective to Christ no matter the hardship because if truth be told following Christ was never designed to be a cake walk. It's a walk on a tight rope many miles above the norm with faith in someone who you can't see but promises to help you along the way.
Don't fret over the hard times because we are many being molded inside out so that one day we can really see His perspective.