Our True Strength

19 Jan

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”  ~ Doe Zantamata

Generally, we flee from the dark.  We run from disaster.  We shun calamities.  Yet, it is often from disaster that we hear stories of great courage and hope.  Do you remember 9/11?  As the towers fell, there were stories of heroism, stories of self-sacrifice, and stories of hope.  On the surface, one would not expect to hear of hope and courage in the midst of carnage.  Oftentimes, however, we appear to rise to our highest levels when facing overwhelming odds.

There is something very basic in us that helps us during those times.  Even our very internal systems appear to rise to the occasion when needed.  I am sure you have all heard stories of people who have gotten superhuman strength in times of need.  Stories abound of parents who lifted a car or a tractor off of a loved one who was pinned underneath.  Apparently, at those times, our system produces so much adrenaline and other substances that we are able to do what, typically, is impossible.

It is for that very reason that some people have become “adrenaline junkies”.  They put themselves in harm’s way over and over again just so they can “feel the thrill”.  I am certainly not advocating that.  At the same time, I am saying not to fear times of overwhelming trial.  If we place our faith and trust in God, God will see us through.  Jesus told His disciples not to worry.  He told them that they would be brought into court but not to fear, that the Holy Spirit would give them words to speak.  And even if they were led to death, Jesus reminded them, they would not die forever but, rather, live forever in the Kingdom.

We face all sorts of trials in our lives.  We often say to ourselves that they are inevitable and we shoulder them as best we can.  But when it comes to our spiritual lives, we often play it safe.  Yet, it is in the crush of spiritual darkness and struggle that we often come through shining.  The great saints could tell us of the dark night of the soul, the times when they felt as if God was no where near them.  Those times are devastating.  Yet, if we hold on to the promise given to us by God, we will be led through those times to happiness and joy.

Do not give up.  If you are facing insurmountable odds, face them with dignity and courage and know that God is on your side.

FAITH ACTION:  Pray for those who have given up because of adversity or a succession of failures, that they may find solace and strength in God.