Hold On

Sometimes things happen to you that you can’t comprehend.
Painful things.
Really painful things.
Things that make you think if God is real,
how could he let that happen?
Why would he let that happen?
Does he hate me?
Am I a bad person?
What did I do wrong?
I thought that way for a long time.
But I learned it was to make me stronger.
So I can love.  So I can help others.
But you don’t see that until after the pain.
The last thing you want to hear,
when you feel like you’re dying inside is
“It’ll make you stronger.”
How about I’m perfectly fine the way I am?
If I have to go through this to be stronger,
no, thank you.
Well, what if I told you on the other side was peace.
That it’s a tornado right now,
but on the other side you’d find everything you dreamed of?
I honestly believe everything that happens to us,
in life,
is to teach us to love.
Ourselves and others.
I didn’t see it that way a long time ago.
I thought the world was out to get me.
Life is good days and bad days.
Days when everything goes right
and days when they’re a bit more challenging.
Hold on.
It’s true.
When the inside becomes calm,
the outside becomes calm too.
God is helping the inside become calm.
It’ll get better.

-Sonja Jackson, OpenHeartTin

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