Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what a difference faith can make in how you deal with difficult circumstances. I think the reason it makes such a difference is because it fundamentally alters your outlook and makes it about something bigger than yourself. If you approach difficulty only thinking about how it is going to alter your life then I can completely understand how you could become very depressed or even angry. But when you approach it from the perspective of how God is using your life to speak to others, even the most trying circumstances can become an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love for us.
Early on in my cancer treatment, 2 nights after my first round of chemo was completed, I remember laying in bed and praying about the ordeal I was embarking upon. I started praying by asking God to heal me from the cancer but for some reason that didn’t feel right. I restarted and asked God to use me as He saw fit. I asked him to use my life in the way that He needed it to be used and to transform me into the man He wanted me to be. I suddenly felt completely at peace about what was to come and had an overwhelming sense that I was going to lose my leg, but that it was going to be ok.
I’m not going to say that things haven’t been hard. They have been. There are times of extreme frustration and pain. But those are temporary and only a small part of the story. God has spared my life and I truly believe that He has done exactly what I prayed for: transformed me into the man He wants me to be.
People have told me that they admire my strength as I have gone through all of this. I always feel embarrassed when people say things like that because they don’t realize that I cheated. I didn’t need strength. I just trusted in the strength of God and accepted whatever He decided was best.
Everyone has pain and difficulty in their lives. If you are a person of faith then I would challenge you to take that difficulty and transform it into a reflection of God’s love. Not only will it help you through the process, but it will help others come to know Him through you in ways that you could never have done otherwise.