Did you know, if birds did not have the opposition of the weight of their wings in the air, they would not be able to fly? The pressure, the wings upon the air keep them going and without this opposition, they would simply fall to the earth.
How does this apply to us?
Opposition can be a matter of perspective. I agree with many of the ‘greats’ that have blessed us with their presence on this earth, when they say that it is not opposition that is so dreadful, but YIELDING to it.
I have heard the phrase when children eat foreign things, “oh well, if it doesn’t kill them, it will make them stronger.” I believe we can allow that which is ‘foreign’ or in opposition with our current path, to ‘kill’ us (for want of a better word!). Opposition, most definitely will make us stronger, if we view it in that way, and not be bogged down with the ‘whys, hows and when will this end.’
I have read that when we succumb to opposition, we are in fact, displaying our lack of faith in His plan for us. Doubt and fear, then, weasle their way into our lives (or we allow it), and we become overwhelmed with grief, pain, despair and worry.
2008-Broken foot, loss of employment, house fire, eviction notice and miscarriage.
Yep, that was the year that will never be forgotten, yet, started a whole new journey for us, a path that has led to an awareness of His will for us, and how we can be INSTRUMENTS IN HIS HANDS.
All these events, happened within a couple of months, and a friend at the time said to me “wow, something great is around the corner for you and your family.” I knew what she was saying was true, in my heart of hearts, yet, my PRESENT MOMENT LIVING, was not ‘activated’ and worry about the future seeped in.
It was at this time that I turned to the scriptures and found the most profound passage for me at that time:
For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
(I knew my safety was in continuing to keep His commandments and endure through this faithfully)
(My physical eyes at times were overwhelmed with what was happening, yet, I needed to learn to trust my spiritual eyes, and change my perspective on the whole situation. When I was ‘in’ the tribulation, I found that difficult, but coming ‘out’ of it, opened my eyes to a whole new world of knowing and being).
(I don’t think I possess a victors crown yet, but the blessings that we have received since that year, have been nothing short of amazing! He saw the bigger picture, and He knew I needed a bit of ‘refining’ before He placed me on this path, otherwise, I would not be qualified to do what I do know as a wife, mother, teacher, nurturer and tenant of this beautiful world).
(I have laid it in my heart and am so blessed for the experience. That which followed, I hope, I have gratefully received. Where many have questioned the events of 2008 and expressed their doubt over what happened, I saw it as a NECESSITY, and essential for my growth).
(Now, as I blog and share my life with the world, my heart is full with gratitude, and as I engage in those ‘things which are to come,’ and have already come, I know with all my heart, that the opposition experienced was CUSTOMIZED FOR ME AND MY FAMILY).
Note: It is interesting to note, that I felt I had soldiered on during those months (as observed by friends as well) and that I moved forward trying to be steadfast in the knowledge that it would be for only a small moment. However, after the last of the events occurred (miscarriage), and I was gradually get back into the swing of things and had accepted my ‘lesson’, my body then took over and released a mountain of phlegm. Another wise friend suggested, that then, in my acceptance of it all, my body was now taking over, releasing the past months emotions on a physical level. I had not been sick up until then. I was, and still am, very much aware of the mind-body connection, and so when my body took over, I gratefully accepted that it was just meant to release the emotion that it had not been allowed to. I needed to express the emotion of despair, worry and failure, but because I didn’t, my BODY DID IT FOR ME!
Oh, life dishes up some interesting surprises huh? I guess, it’s what we do with them, will determine whether it becomes a HARDSHIP, MISFORTUNE, FAILURE or a LESSON, BLESSING, SUCCESS or VICTORY.