Thankful for Struggles

It’s easy to talk about how difficult the storms of life are, as well as, all of the other negative aspects of them.  But what if I said that I’m thankful for the struggles that I’ve experienced?  Am I crazy?  Recollecting the memories of my past experiences with anxiety alone is a reminder of how paralyzing the troubles of life can be.  With that in mind, how can I be thankful for these struggles?

There are a couple of reasons why I am thankful:

My struggles (with anxiety, in particular) have allowed me to experience moments in my life where I’ve felt that the only place to turn is to God.  To reach a time in your life where God is your only option…  As strange as it may sound, but these, incredibly vulnerable moments, are moments that should be taken as a true blessing, because they really define you.

My own personal experiences with anxiety have also given me the opportunity to reach out to others who may be earlier in their own experience with anxiety.  I thank God after each post for the courage and faith to share what He wants to communicate through me and my life.  I sincerely appreciate every single response that I receive from a post, whether it be because what I have written has spoken to someone, or if its a response of support for me.  I also think about my son Mason.  Although he’s only 3 years old now, he won’t always be.  I hope and pray that as he gets older, that I will be able to provide the proper support and advice from my experiences if he ever has to experience anxiety in his life like I have.

Lastly, I’m thankful for the low points of life that I have experienced thus far because of the effects that result from them.  You see, God allows us to go through some storms because of the benefits we receive from them.  The most important, being endurance.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

James 1:2-4 (NLT)

I’m thankful for the storms I’ve experienced.  I believe that God has a purpose and that He is ultimately in control.  He has a purpose for you too.  Be thankful for the storms He has brought you through.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28 (KJV)

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