By Daniel Francis
I am a bit of a cafe junkie. I love sitting at a cafe, getting some work done, and running into friends randomly.
Recently, I was engrossed in a conversation about life with a friend at a cafe. The topic focused on the difficulties of ‘adulting’ during the pandemic. I’m sure we have all had these conversations repeatedly throughout the past two years. The conversation was so relatable that individuals sitting nearby could not help joining in.
Like kids gathering for story time, we each listened intently as each person regaled their difficult adulting moments. I listened intently to what everyone was saying, and it dawned on me that it is so easy to get sucked into how everything is difficult because of the pandemic. Difficult mentally, physically, financially, etc but we are all missing a very important fact: we survived.
I recalled when the pandemic started how I did not have the slightest idea how I would make it to the next month, yet here I am, here we all are, two years later still trucking along.
This is an important distinction to make because it highlights a positive in all this.
You read that correctly, a positive.
Yes, things are not ideal right now, but I bet if you think about the journey up until now you will be amazed at how you clawed your way forward.
You overcame that lost job, you overcame that anxiety, we came together to help each other, and we did what we had to do to get by. With God’s grace, we made it this far and this fact must be acknowledged and celebrated.
I tend to celebrate my hardships. I know, crazy right? Hear me out. When faced with challenges, we are hurled into discomfort as we try to manoeuvre through, around, or over these challenges. It is only through discomfort that we truly grow, and as we are all aware, or if you are not let me remind you, God’s got our backs.
Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” So, God has your back, and you know that you will develop and grow through your struggle. When you inevitably overcome a challenge what lies on the other side only inches you closer to success.
Yes, the times are tough but after we struggle through and make it to the other side, there will be prosperity. This is why I get so excited when I am met with challenges because WHEN I overcome them, I know that there is some sweet reward waiting for me.
Not only that, but think back to your most recent struggle. Imagine going through that struggle a second time. It should be a piece of cake to overcome it. You are now better able to deal with it because you have grown through your struggle.
Given the hardships of the pandemic, we are all heavily fortified to withstand anything that comes our way. I call that a blessing in disguise.
In the end, the conversation at the cafe ended on a note of hopefulness. We collectively realised that we were forced into exponential growth and when the pandemic ends or eases up or comes to whatever the new normal will be, we will all be ready for whatever comes our way.
Get excited because the person that you are now has been prepared for the good that’s coming your way. So, the next time you are met with a challenge I hope you get as excited as I do.
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