Trials are real and unavoidable. Many of my clients struggle with grasping this. I’ve heard the words, “It’s not fair” and “Why me?” more than I can count. When people see a trial from a victim mentality, they miss the growth opportunity that is waiting ahead.

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.”

Some look at this quote and feel hope and promised that if they just endure, then life is going to get better. Sometimes this is true, but not always. Sometimes life is filled with hardship after hardship before relief comes.

Regardless if there is one isolated trial or a whole series of them, the testimony is true for most of us that through a hard time there is an opportunity to grow. Maybe you learn something new, face your fears, or like most of us, realize how much you need God’s strength to get you through.

So yes, the arrow being pulled back launches us into something great. It often brings us to a place of brokenness that strengthens our faith and keeps us holding tight to Jesus’ hand each step of the way.

Next time you experience a trial, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. What is this trial exposing in my life that I need to work on?
  2. How is this struggle strengthening my faith and reliance on Jesus?
  3. How can I cling to the hope that there is an opportunity to grow in all of this?

I pray that you see the hope in your trial and that you know you are not alone in it. You have a choice to be a victim or to hold this struggle as something that has purpose and meaning to refine you and your faith. I pray you use the opportunity to grow.