Strength Through Adversity

In my last post I wrote about faith growing and surviving in the most harsh inviroments yet, while clinging to the smallest of substances, grow such strong roots.   I questioned if our roots, with  so much freedom and abundance had given us roots as strong….strong enough to hold if the winds should change. I have my doubts.

There’s a flaw in our human nature that dictates  how we perceive or calculate worth.  It’s the very reason why I have never given away a pet of any kind.  We simply do not value anything that we haven’t earned, worked for, invested in or had to fight for.  Without any of these, all the mathematical values are zero thus calculated as such.  In the absence of these things, we soon begin to take things for granted, become complacent, fail to cherish, nurture, protect.  Easy come, easy go.

Another contributing factor is generational distance.  Our younger generations have no actual knowledge of nor experiential memory of what the earlier generations strove for, fought for, died for.  I was born in the 60’s, a cataclysmic time of change… in the midst of the Vietnam War with WWII and The Korean War still fresh in the collective memory.  In school, we had Air Raid drills in preparation of being bombed by the Soviet Union.  The 60’s, at the height of the civil rights movement, arm in arm, demolished barriers, bonds and separation.

Our younger generations are too far removed.  They have no knowledge of what it meant to fight and die to have our own country and possess freedom, to fight and die to keep it, and protect it from those who wish to conquer or destroy it…nor the resulting pride, patriotism.

They have no concept of depressions, recessions, food rationing, soup lines, hardships.  They can’t conceive the notion of picking cotton from sunrise to sunset for the wage of a bowl of beans nor that the hardships resulted in creating community where neighbors cared for the needs and lent a hand to one another.

Only in the brief shining, horrific moment on 9/11, through the dust and smoke filled air…a glimmer shone as we clung together as a people in grief and rose together, unified in our strength and resolve.

I fear that our years of prosperity, abundance and freedoms, provided by the sacrifice of others has created a people who value little and in us, roots that are tenuous. Perhaps it is only through adversity that we can form strong roots. Maybe it is only through the very thing we strive to avoid, hardships, that we gain strength to survive. Or, perhaps it’s only in the darkest hours that the best in us rises to the top.

My cousin Deb Standridge commented:

I agree with you. It is through adversity that a diamond or a pearl or even fine crystal is created. The finer the cuts in crystal, the greater value of the object, and the song it sings when a finger is rubbed over its rim is also a result of the cuts. Even fine china cannot be formed without time on the creator’s wheel and hardened within a kiln several times at increasingly higher heat (adversity). In our spiritual life, our faith and trust in God are created in the fire of adversity as we go through times of trial or testing and see God with us in the midst of it. I was once told for value to be placed on anything we must experience it, earn it, put blood, sweat and tears into it, or pay for it with our own money. So, yes, I agree with you. 💕

 

 

20 comments

  1. What Angel at Watchourlifeinpictures said above – maybe sometimes God breaks us to fix us – is truth in my mind. At the time of my divorce, over eight years ago, I felt very broken, and I believe it was God’s plan to finally give me the chance to be someone else, to be fixed as much as one can be fixed. I found strength that I did not know I had.

    I’ve been reading lately of others’ hardships during the Vietnam War, the Holocaust, and times when people were severely mistreated. Sounds horrible, but knowing and understanding that these things happen leads to compassion. Having it happen to you leads to greater compassion. For the younger crowd that do not understand about strength through adversity, their time may still come. They have a lot of living to accomplish and much time to learn about the part of life that makes one respect the honor of being upright and breathing.

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  2. I’ve wondered this too, Laura. Seems to me this generation is missing something to get passionate about – to throw themselves into, although; it did seem to be happening after the school shootings.

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  3. Fantastic blog and I absolutely agree. A large majority of the younger generation have no concept of hardship in the western world. It’s such a shame that one cruel act such as 9/11 brought the reality of terror and hardship so close to home. I was born I the 60’s also and I remember how harsh life could be. You know what, I remember spending my time in the woods near my home and playing for hours without a care in the world, even though my mum was queuing up at the food bank for our next meal. It’s sad how time and technology alters perception. Anyway, great blog.

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    • Thank you so much John! As my brother says “We’ve all done a fine job of making sure our kids had it better than we did” and I think it may have caused more harm to them than good. So many of them failed to developed not only those fine qualities but maturity as well. They are more fragile, entitled, crumble easily at the smallest friction. Kinder I think to allow them to face adversity throughout young life….not win a trophy, not get everything they want, hear the word no, from time to time rather to have been insulated from it then suddenly face it in the adult world.
      Thank you so much for popping by and taking the time to chat. 💕

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  4. I agree with you. It is through adversity that a diamond or a pearl or even fine crystal is created. The finer the cuts in crystal, the greater value of the object, and the song it sings when a finger is rubbed over its rim is also a result of the cuts. Even fine china cannot be formed without time on the creator’s wheel and hardened within a kiln several times at increasingly higher heat (adversity). In our spiritual life, our faith and trust in God are created in the fire of adversity as we go through times of trial or testing and see God with us in the midst of it. I was once told for value to be placed on anything we must experience it, earn it, put blood, sweat and tears into it, or pay for it with our own money. So, yes, I agree with you. 💕

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  5. After all these wake up calls, we soundly go back to sleep. This is very concerning. People long for entertainment to soothe the fear and even the truth. We’re grown ups! The monster isn’t going away because we have our eyes closed.

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  6. One thing I’ve always thought about is how Jesus told the disciples to “go ye, into all the world.”

    But until they were persecuted, they stayed put.

    I also think of David saying, “It was good for me that I was afflicted, lest I had gone astray.”

    And for me, it’s like I can see that tendency to be complacent in my own spiritual walk, yet I’m like Paul, “That I would do, I do not.”

    Maybe sometimes God breaks us to fix us.

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