Written by Jessica Lim
I was listening to The Climb by Miley Cyrus the other day when the lyrics got me thinking about the hurdles we face in our life.
I was at the phase of moving on from a broken relationship, when it occurred to me that we often yearn for the day when these feelings of hopelessness, disappointment and regret would all fade away. We tell ourselves to endure the situations we are in, and at the same time, look forward to that day where we would no longer have to deal with them.
But the lyrics reminded me that it’s not about the final destination or even the weeks or months to get there; rather, it’s about the process—of accepting this battle and making good use of this experience to learn to trust and rely wholly on God. In the midst of difficult situations, do we simply wait it out, or take the chance to reflect and apply the lessons that God wants us to learn?
Nobody said that the mountains are going to be easy to climb. But God is our harness. He keeps us from plunging off the mountains. It is through trials that our faith in God is tested. When the wind blows and rocks tumble down, all we have to do is tighten the harness and trust that He will protect us.
In the end, it was through this process that I learnt to find my security and joy in the Lord. It was through the brokenness that my blinded eyes were opened to see God’s abundant love in my life. I thank God for His presence in my life, which assures me that I’ll never have to feel hopeless in the face of adversities.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV)
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