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Something in the Struggle

13 May

Why does a woman who desires children more than anything struggle to get pregnant, while another conceives from a one-night-stand? Why does the most giving man, who is loved by everyone he meets get prostate cancer, and the most evil, abusive, and lecherous individuals live free and clear?

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My theory? It must be something in the struggle. It’s just my theory, but I wonder if I would’ve reached, or even seen, my full potential had I not experienced the “rough patches” of life. I am not saying that I am an angel in any way, or that I have achieved all that I was created to achieve, but most people who truly know me will say that I am a “good” person, who wants to see others achieve their best. Maybe you are that kind of person—one who always thinks of others but still seems to get the “short end of the stick” from time to time. My new belief is that maybe there is something—a lesson, a blessing :), some depth of character, or even strength in a way or on a level that you never knew existed that provides a reason for why we “go through.”

I remember one of my mentors, Rev. Leroy Mitchell, preached this life-changing sermon many years ago. He spoke of how sometimes, “God presses on us to get the good stuff out.” He went on to use the examples of how you must press grapes to get wine and squeeze oranges to get orange juice. He explained that the pressure is necessary.

Maybe the struggle brings more out of you than you ever knew was there. Maybe the struggle helps you define what is and is not important to you. Maybe the struggle helps you weed out who your good friends are and who is just hanging around taking up space. Maybe the struggle helps you decided what your goals are and how important it is to you to achieve them. Or maybe the struggle simply helps you to see that you are “going against the flow” of life, and provides redirection.

As I stand in faith with a friend who desires so desperately to have a child, I remain unshaken in my belief that our Creator does not find joy in making our lives difficult. The pain and disappointments she has experienced on this journey seem so pointless to me, when “God” could simply “hear her cry” and answer her prayer. And maybe you too are currently feeling squeezed by life, or have experienced situations that seem to have “cut” you to your core. I know how that feels, even without living your specific situation. Ultimately, pain is pain, regardless of the details. But one thing I also know is that when I look over my own life, I see how much richer I am for what I’ve been through and I think to myself, “it must be something in the struggle.”

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UPDATE 05/06/15 

Last Mother’s Day (2014) the friend in this story was frustrated and wondering if she would ever be able to conceive. Late last night, less than a week from Mother’s Day 2015, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. You never know how close you may be to your breakthrough. Don’t give up on your dreams. Miracles happen every day. Continue to see it coming true. It is possible.

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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Something in the Struggle

  1. Danielle Navonne

    May 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Definitely can relate to this one! Hard to swallow in the midst of “the struggle” sometimes, but it’s definitely true.

    Prayers and hugs to your friend too!

     
    • mdillondesigns

      May 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Thanks girl. It is a “pill” I swallowed just seconds before typing this post. Far from easy. 🙂

       
  2. Hadiyah

    March 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    reminds me of a quote a friend has at the end of his emails…..

    “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you ever be polished?” – Rumi

    ….Then I think about those items we polish…those we value and want others to see their hidden beauty. Those that can only BE beautiful consistently if they are REGULARLY rubbed/irritated/polished…. 😉

     
    • mdillondesigns

      April 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

      I like this a lot. Never heard that quote before. Love it! Thanks Hadiyah. 🙂

       

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