God has reasons adversity is in your life!

Are you having a lot of problems in life? If you are, then undoubtedly, adversity has reared it’s ugly head in your life. Did you also know that adversity is a sign that God trusts you with trouble? When God trusts you with trouble, it is a sign that God has destined you to be great and the trouble that He’s allowed in your life is part of His plan to prepare you for the greatness that He has in store for you!  If you are having a lot of problems or if the satanic warfare in your life has intensified, chances are it is a good indicator that God has handpicked you to be great! Isn’t that exciting to know?

It’s exciting to know that going through a whole lot  especially when you may not understand it and you may not like it should be refreshing for you to know because essentially that means that eventually God will use the adversity that He’s allowed in your life for His greater purposes! 

In life we all go through some painful moments where our very best is revealed if we truly endure and go through it with courage. According to Proverbs 24:10, “If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small”. And there is a popular saying that, “you are like a tea bag, not worth much until you have been through some hot water”. Have you ever been through some “hot water” or are you currently going through some “hot water”?  Let us illustrate this further by narrating the story below:

Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed like just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter.

The daughter moaned, complained and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes, he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked, “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs, and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity, the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

From the above story, we can see that in life, things happen around us and things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. You are meant to lead through adversity and never get swallowed by it. The self-leadership you exercise while going through adversity will tell whether you will come out the other side as potato, an egg, or a coffee bean.

Whenever you encounter any obstacle, just sit back with courage because it’s another opportunity for you to step higher in life. In fact, it makes you discover things about yourself that you never knew. You also find out what you believe. Challenges make you stretch. They make you go beyond the norm. The adversities you meet on your way to success are meant to bring out the champion out of you, not the other way round.

As Martin Luther King declared, “The ultimate measure of people is not where they stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stands at times of challenges and controversy.” So see every adversity as an opportunity to bring out the best in you, not the worst and expect God to use the adversity that He’s allowed in your life to lead you to His greater plans and purposes for your life if you stay the course with Him!

E. Paka & “The WIN International Ministries Team”