In the depths of winter, I finally found there was in me an invincible summer.– Albert Camus, author
Stepping closer to the light at the end of the tunnel
Hard times are inevitable–death, financial struggle, family problems, the loss of a job, depression–all of these tough times are just seasons. Abraham Lincoln once said, “This too shall pass,” and you can apply it to both the good times and the bad. The thrill of a new relationship won’t endure forever, just as the grief of losing a loved one won’t either. So endure the hardships of life, knowing that time will eventually heal your wounds and you will make it through. Think about what struggles have occurred in your life and what they taught you. No matter how dim the light at the end of the tunnel seems, it is still a light. Each day is an opportunity for that light of hope to get closer and closer, until eventually the clouds above your head part and you feel the forgotten sunshine on you again. Overcoming pain makes you stronger and better equipped to handle the next valley.
I title this a prologue because the next blog entry I will post is a personal misery. I don’t particularly want to post a storm without a rainbow at the end.
But typically, this is how I live my life, knowing that with time, the dark toil of suffering has a dim light that grows bigger. That every lesson I learned the hard way, shaped my soul to be who I am. Every tear I shed, gave my heart another layer of depth. Every heart wrench, softened me in just the right place. Every nerve wracked, brought me closer to the strength inside.
With my head held high, I tell you, I’ve made awful mistakes. I am no where near perfect, not then, and certianly not now. I can bravely put my whole self, not just the good side, for all the world to see. I am proud of what I’ve been through. I am proud to know God has a purpose for me. I am proud of the good and the bad. I was wonderfully made to serve and understand so much more than so many others.
Shine. Endure. Know. You are one struggle closer to a better you, a more complete you, a more blessed you, a you that will astound…… even YOU.
The truth is that one day you will look back and see how all the pieces fit together. And how your life has been a complete and utter success.