The journey I have traveled to this point in my life has had its bouts with trouble. Some minor, some major, some of my own making and some by happenstance. The point is, trouble comes in all shapes, sizes and from limitless directions; there is no free pass that exempts anyone from its inevitable nature. So as this unavoidable nuisance lingers in waiting, what is its purpose and why must we encounter the sting it produces.
There is progress to be made from the pain brought on by trouble of any kind. Of course, this is easy enough said, but as we are in the midst of the ailment at hand, our senses are blurred, and our focus cannot seem to find clarity. It is at this time that our anguish is at full strength and our ability to realize the temporal nature of its existence; if there is purpose behind it, we are in no place to realize it. I do know there is a life cycle to these attacks of trouble, and we must go through them, we cannot go around them or brush them aside as if they never occurred.
Trouble will strengthen us as we rely on the Lord to pull us through the depths of whatever they may be. Jesus states very clearly the trouble we experience will be of this world. No matter the severity, even if it follows us to the grave it is only temporary. He overcame the world and broke us free from the chains that bind us here. The price He paid was written before its fulfillment, which wholly assures me of the Divine plan God is unfolding.
So as we encounter the trials of life, we must remember their temporal nature. They will strengthen us as we look to God to bring us through them and find peace. And, above all else, they do not have the power to follow us beyond and into our eternal home.
God Bless You and Give You Grace!