This too shall pass. It is what it is. Everything happens for a reason. These are all phrases I have said to myself or others quite a bit lately. You see, things are just not going well in my life right now. There has been too much death, too much grieving, too much pain. And yet, the trials I face are nothing compared to the trials faced by many in this world on a near constant basis. My trials are those of a sheltered, privileged, American. Does that mean they aren’t worthy of mourning? Does that mean I shouldn’t feel downtrodden? Well, no. Bad is bad… and bad news impacts every human on this planet. However, as a Christian, I know that God has a plan for my life…and that even the trials I face now can have a purpose in bringing me closer to God and His will for my life. Read on for more thoughts on this week’s Sunshine for Your Week.
Sunshine for Your Week: Hang On and Persevere
So, what do you do when things aren’t going well? Hang on. Persevere. One of my favorite songs from my favorite band (Pink Martini) puts it this way:
From ‘Hang on Little Tomato’
You gotta hold on, hold on through the night
Hang on, things will be all right
Even when it’s dark
And not a bit of sparkling
Sing-song sunshine from above
Spreading rays of sunny love
Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you’ll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something’s coming up ahead
To turn your tears to dew instead
And so I hold on to his advice
When change is hard and not so nice
If you listen to your heart the whole night through
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you.
So, yeah… hang on. Persevere. Don’t lose your faith. Today might be bad… but if you can make it through this trial, you will be stronger, more resilient, more empathetic, …better. These trials may not be what I would have chosen, but I can choose to face them with the perspective of someone who is putting her faith in God. That choice is bound to cause the corners of my mouth to curl up a little. How about you?