What would life be if everything was to go our way? I began to ask that question in the midst of turmoil – as it came in the form of a windstorm. Just when we think that we are untouchable, the little things and often large things are what remind us that we are alive. It is easy to begin to ask the questions, why me? How can I erase time and make things different? Often times, just when we think the end to our turmoil is near – another problem arises that make us question even deeper, often to the core of our existence and why pain exists.
I remember the countless times as a child I would pray to the creator of the heavens and earth to help our family through the struggles of life. As a child I didn’t understand why my prayers weren’t being answered – I eventually entered adulthood and still the prayers were left unanswered. It wasn’t until recently that a tragedy became an answer to a long prayer – at that moment I realized my prayer was just delayed.
As struggles came and went throughout my life, I realized one thing later in my years – these struggles made life more interesting, more meaningful. Through the struggles we find who we are, what we are called to do, it often changes our direction for the better or brings us closer to a greater understanding about life and death.
A rare gift is at hand: a calling that goes beyond life’s meaning, it is a purpose that only one is truly destined for. Life is an apple orchard – to the unknown who approach an orchard during the season of pruning it could look like a disaster took place; branches upon branches scattered about. Only does the farmer know that the pruning and maintenance are all a part of a greater plan – to get a good plentiful crop. A farmer knows that it is important to prune or trim your trees in order to bear large, healthy fruit. You may be asking the question, what does this all have to do with life and it’s meaning? I tell you – you are the tree, the creator is your farmer and the branches is your adversity/struggles. Just when we think from an outsider’s perspective that the mess we are in is a disaster (just as the branches of the tree’s scattered about); life is also full of plentiful fruit waiting to begin to grow. Don’t give up now; just before the harvest have begun!
Struggles are here for a reason. As young children we learn the value of these struggles when we learn by them. When we are young we begin to learn that life is full of lessons learned; for instance, when children are told, “you better wear your coat because it’s chilly outside and you could catch a cold.” My family would tell me this all the time, but it wasn’t until I experienced the cold myself and paid the consequence that I learned what they meant. This same approach still applies as an adult. Life is full of learning potential – that is, only if we learn to embrace it. By embracing opportunities it is one more baby step toward reaching your fullest potential.
When the storm seems too big, it’s easy to begin to get consumed with the negative and overwhelm our existence with bad thoughts. I have to remind myself when these times come, that I must stop what I am doing and re-evaluate by looking at it from a different perspective – one of which, if I was the teacher teaching a child a valuable lesson.
We can often create realities through our negative thoughts and actions; therefore, it’s important that we must also consider how important it is to not curse the very ground you stand on. After all, just as Jesus tells us in Mark 11: 23, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”
Jesus goes on to say, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” In the midst of your turbulence, it’s important to remember to take a second and think – what would you like to see happen, pray about it and believe it. When we ask for things, we often doubt the possibilities – doubt ourselves. Don’t doubt – believe with all your heart and speak it into existence.
Our minds and our bodies are full of potential – science and the medical community is aware of its potential; hence, why doctors practice medicine using placebo pills (using sugar pills). They are aware that the human race has the power to speak healing into existence. Patients given a placebo treatment have been shown to have improvements in a medical condition. This phenomenon is commonly called the placebo effect. Documented improvement in patients conditions have been proven to happen – a phenomenon that we don’t understand and choose to overlook. We have yet to tap into the fullest potential of our mind and body and science is still working to understand it; hence why many people consider it “practicing medicine.”
So when you begin to doubt yourself or doubt the situation you are in – remember to stop, think and observe. You will be amazed at what you begin to learn.