"Adversity is the state in which man most easily
becomes acquainted with himself,
being especially free of admirers then."
Can you remember a time when you were involved in a bad situation? A time that was creating much adversity in your life? I know that I have seen so many of those times in my own life. During those times when life's problems confront me, I tend to start having feelings of self-doubt and loneliness. I even start to question if I am loved and needed. Sometimes, it seems as if my friends have left my side and I am all alone. There does not seem to be anyone around me who can help me work out those difficult issues.
I have learned that it is not easy to face our weaknesses at any time, but I have come to know that the times I make the most changes and see things the most clearly are during those times of adversity that I hate so much. As I learn to deal with my trials, my character becomes clear to me and I learn a little more about myself. I literally come to know myself through my journey.
I love the scripture that says:
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.I believe that it takes courage to look inside ourselves and recognize our weaknesses. To finally be able to recognize them and to surrender them to a loving Heavenly Father is the start of changes in our own hearts. Through Him, we will become strong.