3 causes to be grateful when you go through life’s tests & trials!
Having an attitude of gratitude during a time of tests and trials shows we are above the circumstances we face. We are not built to carry the load we often carry, we need to literary cast all our cares on the lord. I remember going through through a test, I was in so much emotional pain that I wanted to pack up and run away from my husband and kids. I spoke to my brother and he just encouraged me to be thankful for everything I was going through at that point in time. he said just to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Being thankful during a test does not mean the pain does not exist but it takes your focus off the pain and trial and there you will find peace.
Always look for an exit: This is very important, there is always an opportunity or a blessing in the midst of a test or trial. we just need to shift our focus and look for the opportunity. If the door closes, somewhere there is a window. I will give you an example, I was let go off a 6-12 months IT contract because I had a baby due and I could no longer fly because the job was not in my state and the job was not a work from home type job because I had to be physically present to monitor the project but I was not sad because I had a new baby coming. After having the baby, and was ready to go back to work, God lead me into my purpose and destiny because I had to take a leap of faith and launch out to do what I really loved to do and was passionate about. At it end it all worked out.
There is a refining process: when we go through test and trial, it’s like going through the fire, it refines you. pain is a fact of life, it is inevitable. when it’s all said and done, it develops resilience in you and that is the ability to recover quickly and spring back into shape. it is also a refining process because it builds in you perseverance, endurance and stamina. No matter what pain you go through, be it the death of a loved one, your husband or wife left you, sickness, loss of a job etc. All these are meant to weigh us down and cause us to lose sight of our true purpose in life but when we understand pain is inevitable, has an expiration date and it’s a refining process. we focus on the bigger picture of our future.
There is a transformation that takes place: whenever you go through a fiery furnace, adversity, test or trial, one thing is for sure, you are never the same. There is a transformation that takes place. When we go through an adversity, for example, an expectation did not go according to plan, we must be willing to change course, and recalculate what’s needed to progress. When we are approaching the part of personal transformation it feels like a death, we need to envision the moment, because the pain is the catalyst for a rebirth. In fact, it’s the engine. Remain grateful for the adversity, test or trial and the stronger you will emerge.