“Into every life a little rain must fall.” It’s not the “little” rain that causes me so much trouble. If all the challenges were small then remaining strong would be manageable. So let’s talk about the rain that is more than a “little” and could be classified as a torrential downpour.
Adversity, or those trials and challenges in life, often causes a deep and troubled shaking of our inner person. It rattles our confidence, and in this world of uncertainty and turmoil, all we need is another disruption to what we perceive as our stability and security. Just about the time we think we can handle the problems before us, something new and totally unexpected hits us.
Grandma used to say, “If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.” By now I should be Hercules. I don’t think Grandma was making light of problems, I think she knew that we can survive a lot more than we think we can, and some of it will make us better.
For all the times I have seen people rise to the challenges before them with what I consider unbelievable strength, there seems to be truth in the thought that as humans, we have a very delicate and fragile inner-making that can quickly become unbalanced and unmanageable. Sometimes even though we think we can be strong, we become overwhelmed and have feelings and thoughts we never dreamed of having. Sometimes the feelings we have during these times of great challenge include fear, doubt, unbelief, anger, loneliness, and hopelessness.
While everyone struggles from time to time, those that have a sure and certain foundation of who they are and where they place their trust, are the ones that fair the best. Some people just seem to have a strong character and personality about them that carries them through most storms. But I think these people are in a minority. From my experience, most people need to know they have a source of strength outside themselves.
Just after the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, there was an increase in people attending church and turning to God. While I do not know if they have remained true to their “crisis commitments”, I think the desire to reach out in times of trouble is quite common. Perhaps it would be wiser to plan for needs as we will most certainly face adversity in our life at many points.