The Guardian urges you not to be discouraged by any set-backs you may have. Life is a process of trials and testings, and these are – contrary to what we are prone to thinking – good for us and give us stamina, and teach us to rely on God. (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 453)
Lately I’ve been feeling like God is playing “whack a mole” with me. I put my head up, try to take action in a certain direction and then get slammed down as the doors close. This has repeated itself about 40 times in my life, and each time I’ve lost hope and each time, I try again, only to be pushed down. When I made a list of all the times it happened, I was in awe at my steadfastness and my resilience.
I love this quote! It’s such a helpful reminder. When life doesn’t go my way and I easily fall into hopeless, helpless despair at ever understanding what God’s will for me is, this quote is the reality check I need to combat depression. It helps me remember to thank God for sending me these tests, because without them, I wouldn’t have a reason for or remember to be totally reliant on God. So the more tests I have, and the more I remember that they’re good for me, the less often I have to fall into self-pity.
I also like the reminder that life is a process of trials and tests. This reminds me of the ebbs and flows of the natural world – the tides, the blood pumping through our bodies etc. So I have a test and then there’s a chance to catch my breath before the next one. Some days the challenges seem to come fast and furious but I remember that God never gives a soul more than they can handle and eventually there is a lull at the eye of the storm where I can process.
When I remember that there’s a purpose for all my tests, I breathe easier, and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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