Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom.” -John Mark Green
“My heart is broken into million pieces. All I want to do is to cry and sleep. Why I’m trembling? How am I holding up? I have a huge hole in my chest. They are worried about me. I don’t want to see them suffering for me. My eyes are swollen from crying. I can’t breathe. Oh, this lump in my throat. This sorrow… I can feel it in my bones. I can’t move. My soul feels so heavy and fragile at the same time. God, you are better to handle this than me. God, I need you now more than ever.” This is one of my grief journal entries dated 2013. Can you relate? Life should be easy, but it’s not. Sometimes I wish I could remove pain from people’s heart, but the reality is that pain and suffering transform us. Our soul grows.
There’s a higher purpose behind every situation. Even when we don’t know what it is, we must trust and surrender like a chrysalis does before it comes out as a butterfly. Author Andrea Johnson describes this process beautifully in her post “Being Patient through Transformation: Trust, Change, Believe” at Tiny Buddha: “It’s long and painful. However, while watching it, you may be tempted to clip off the outer covering of the chrysalis with a pair of scissors. And you might do it, thinking you’re doing it a favor. But when it finally emerges, you’d be sorely disappointed.
The chrysalis’ covering holds within its shell vital fluids that are important to its wing formation. But your act of kindness, of clipping, that outer shell deprives it of that, and as a result, the butterfly that emerges is crippled, deformed, and nothing like the butterfly it was supposed to be.
On the other hand, if you can muster up the patience to watch this metamorphosis take place, without any intervention from your side, you’ll see one of the most beautiful miracles of nature, and one of life’s best lessons.”In life, pain is inevitable; but it carries the power to transform us for good if we embrace it as an opportunity for growth, Click To Tweet
In life, pain is inevitable; but it carries the power to transform us for good if we embrace it as an opportunity for growth. What is the message here? What must I learn from this situation? What can I do to emerge from this as a better version of myself? It should be easy, but someday you will realize the hidden gift of adversity.
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