“Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain: so are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of. We need affliction as the tress need winter, that we may collect sap and nourishment for future blossoms and fruit. Sorrow is as necessary for the soul as medicine is to the body: ‘The path of sorrow, and the path alone, Leads to the land where sorris is unknown.’ The adversities of today are a preparatory school for the higher learning.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Whether it be physical pain, emotional distress, feelings of rejection and loneliness, or whatever, it is often through adversity that I am able to see just how desperate for Christ I truly am. I am thankful for these seasons because I am restored with a deeper faith and a richer joy in Christ than I previously had. I may come out of these storms weathered but I am somehow stronger. This is one of the great paradoxes of our faith! For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

I thank God for breaking me down and rooting out my sin in the various ways He has. I pray that He would continue to do so out of His love for me.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Ps 73:26)