Have you ever wondered why we have to go through difficult times? 5-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres had lots of setbacks and obstacles in her career…injuries, surgery and even being almost twice as old as other swimmers. Yet late in her career, she broke the U.S. record for the 50-meter freestyle—25 years after she herself set that record. How did she do it when she had so much to overcome? She said, “I’ve wanted to win at everything, every day, since I was a kid…I’m also aware that setbacks have an upside; they fuel new dreams.” Her struggles motivated her to reach for new heights.
For you and me, the hard things that we go through can push us closer to God and can teach us things that success can’t. Maybe it’s trust. Maybe it’s strength. Maybe it’s patience. But everything God does, He does because He loves us. Perhaps you’re struggling with something you’re going through and can’t really see the upside of your situation. The Bible says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”