As I reflect on the days past and throughout the course of my life, I thought about how the years gone by fit into the Power of Gratitude 7 Day Challenge that I started on my blog on New Year’s – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
Perhaps you have read varying aspects of my story and realize that I made it through some great trials and affliction. My life is truly a miracle and it is a testimony of some of the best work that God can do in someone who will forget all else and completely surrender to Him.
I can honestly say if it had not been the Lord who was on my side, I would have not been alive. I once lost my ability to love in a way that would reflect His image and true likeness but through grace, He taught me to love again.
I also lost my ability to trust and since that time I learned not to depend on people who basically have let me down and disappointed me so many times. Instead, I have learned to trust in God completely.
My affliction and trials drew me closer to God and taught me knowledge and good judgement from His laws. For every trial or affliction there was some lesson for me to learn.
I experienced spiritual growth. Blessings, increase and promotion came as a result as well.
It is not surprising though that not many persons have the courage to say Lord I am thankful for my trials and affliction. After all, who like the pain and discomfort that comes with trials and affliction?
The Psalmist David however stepped out with boldness and confidence and said, “It [affliction] was good for me.”
I am also reflecting on the words of a young Indian Blogger by the name of Rohan Chaubey who recently said, “You’re a powerful leader if you’re not trying to be like someone else. Being a misfit is scary, but it’s liberating.”
Here is someone who no doubt experienced some trials and affliction in his own life. At the same time however, the lessons that he learned caused him to break the mold. He is not afraid to be vulnerable but now dances his way through life, even if what he says or does is different to society’s norm.
So today I boldly and confidently say, I am thankful for my trials and affliction.
For many years now, I never felt like I fit in with the crowd. It is no different now than it was then and so I take a stand and will let my trials and affliction work for me in a way that would cause me to stand out, to be different so that I can make a difference for 2016.
For this activity you will need a pen and a notepad. Think about your own trials and affliction and take note of the lessons you have learned from them. How have they impacted your life? What difference or what changes have come about as a result in your life?
Scripture to meditate on:
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.” – Psalm 119:71 AMP
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