Friday, June 19, 2015

Love Empowers Us to Rise above Adversity

Love Gives You the Strength to Transform Pain Into Power.
This article has been inspired by the recent mass murders that took place in Charleston, SC. As a resident of Columbia, SC I’m deeply saddened by the loss of lives that occurred on June, 17, 2015 inside Mother Emanuel Church.  

In life, we have no control over unexpected events that occur in our lives. When faced with setbacks and adversity, it is common for each of us to question “WHY” some event happens and question our ability to rise to the challenge and be strong enough to overcome it. This is natural and to be expected. The wisdom I’ve gained as a result of experiencing several personal adversities has taught me that when we are faced with adversity the best thing I believe we can do is to lean on, and trust in God. I know. This can feel impossible to do. I get it. I’ve experienced many occasions when I turned my back on my faith and started to blame God for the bad happening in my life. Which is all the more reason why I feel a heartfelt need to share that even while experiencing anger and questioning God as to “why” something happened in your life, you need to continue the spiritual rituals that have served as anchors for maintaining your faith prior to the experience. I know from experience that a disconnection from our Creator results in a spiritual wilderness that wreaks havoc on us mentally and emotionally.

Walking by faith is an individual journey. So there is no need to compare our walk with another since all of us are at different levels of our spiritual and emotional development. Our faith walk will never be perfect because we are imperfect. We will experience missteps. And that’s okay. Nothing in this world can separate us from the love of God. God is a God of mercy, grace and restoration. He rejoices like the father in the parable about the prodigal son when we see the error of our ways, humble ourselves and return back to his love.

I can attest to the fact that in the face of great adversity when I chose to walk by faith and embody and express love while my suffering from a loss, I have always be able to access a greater measure of the strength that dwells in my spirit and soul. We are stronger than we think. Life tests and trials often serve as a springboard to showing us this truth. Our joy is our strength. When we are experiencing difficulty, it’s important to our well-being that we do our best to maintain a heart of gratitude. Gratitude helps us to focus on the good that is present in our lives. Keeping a song of encouragement and praise in our heart helps to strengthen our fortitude to press on and walk out the victory we have in Christ.

 Showing ourselves compassion is a key component to healing our heart wounds after experiencing disappointment, heartache, and adversity. It is important that we understand that we are vulnerable during times of great challenge. This is not the time for us to isolate ourselves. We need to feel the support and love of others to maintain our hope and faith. Allowing ourselves to be cared for by people reinforces our intrinsic value. Knowing that other people have our back reassures us that we are not alone as we navigate the challenging realities of our lives.

In the face of difficulty, we need to choose love. Love heals. Love restores. Love protects. Love forgives. Love shields our heart from bitterness and hate. Love enables us to shine our light in our darkest moments as a testament of our faith in the goodness of God and his grace that abounds beyond measure to strengthen us so that we are able to bounce back and move forward better, stronger and wiser. It is God’s unconditional love that draws us to him. It is God’s love that lights our path in difficult times so that we can best navigate our way forward. It is God’s love that strengthens our ability to rise above adversity. Love never fails.

It is my prayer that each of us experience a greater measure of God’s peace, presence, power and provision in our lives so that our light shines brightly in the good times and the bad times. 

Sending you lots of love and light,