"God doesn't expect you to be happy about what has been torn from your hands -- whether it's a marriage, your health, a job, or someone you love -- but if you are willing to TRUST Him, He can turn trash into triumph."
- Levi Lusko
Think about that quote for a second. Each and every one of us has had some moment in our past that has shaken us to our core. We have each had those moments where we question God, asking "how can you say you love me, but let something so terrible happen to me?" It's perfectly normal to think that. Even in Jesus' crucifixion we see Jesus cry out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" - Matthew 27:46
But think about what comes shortly after that verse... the resurrection. Jesus had to endure the tough times to make it to His calling. Jesus himself is showing us, yes there will be hard times but don't lose sight of the end goal. Without the pain, without the suffering, without his death, there can be no hope. The same is true for us, the pain we experience is not meant to break us, it is meant to prepare us. The pain that we endure is meant to be used as a tool to unlock the hardest of hearts.
To quote Levi Lusko once again, "Suffering isn't an obstacle to being used by God. It is an opportunity to be used like never before."
I hope you find peace in that quote today. Instead of holding our struggles in a tightly closed fist, let God open that fist and let your struggles bring life to those around you. You never know who could be going through the same situation and just needs a friend.