“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through.”~Wintley Phipps
I saw this quote again today when it appeared in my facebook memory. It is actually so timely because I have to admit that this has so much truth for me now than it had when I first read it.
Indeed, that it is through our personal private sufferings that we learn more about ourselves and about God. Most often our sufferings give birth to the very gift that God wants us to share to the world. It exposes our deepest desires that wants to be filled in. These reveals that in order for it to be fulfilled, we are going to need a great big God because we just couldn’t do it on our own.
In my own personal experience, I have realised that through my ‘personal private sufferings’ that I have learned to write more. I mean, literally write. I know in my growing up years, I have always wanted to write. I have always had this inclination of wanting to be alone to process my thoughts. There would be times when I would literally withdraw from the world in order to be normal again. Thoughts would then flood my mind that I needed to write them down so that I would NOT forget them. Most of the time, this withdrawal would happen after a terrible heartache, failure or disappointment. I would dwell most on the life lessons. Afterwards, I would feel that need to share to others in order to give them warnings especially to those who are facing the same circumstance or contemplating on diving into the same ordeal.
I realised that apart from the gift of writing, I also have a gift to encourage people, bring hope and healing. It gives me so much joy to stand alongside with them and see them grow and be victorious in their lives.
We all go through sufferings. Some of them we didn’t choose and some of them we entered into out of ignorance or rebellion. But I realised that God can always turn things around in our favour, if we would only trust Him and hand all our woes and worries over to Him. We still got a lot of lessons to learn and unlearn about ourselves and about life in general.
In the midst of this, understand that perhaps God allowed us to go through those pains not to destroy us, but to give birth to what Wintley Phipps quoted, His ‘noblest dreams’ in us and in order to bring out God’s greatest gift… Himself.
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
So, my friend, if you’re in a middle of a trial. Don’t give up. Keep holding on to your faith. Learn every possible lesson you can learn, because God promises not to leave you nor forsake you. If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Learn and grab every gift that comes along with it.
Always remember, just like every rain, this too shall pass.