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Exactly a year ago from today was the first time I considered possibly having clinical depression. Since then, it’s amazing how much of a difference God has made in my life in the span of a year. Every time I think of it, I am speechless.. completely in awe. I could cry from the joy I feel.
Only now, as I reflect on my experience, is it really sinking in of how blessed I am to have been put through that suffering. Only now do I realize how timely it had been–that the peak of my suffering occurred during Lent & Easter season … a chance for me to join Christ at Calvary, carrying my own cross along with Him.
I am in love with the beautiful contradiction that out of death comes life; that out of darkness comes light; that out of sorrow comes unexplainable joy. And I know this promise of joy, the way days of rain promise days of sunshine; I know it because I’ve witnessed it. And now that God has lifted the cloud from my head, I feel like it is only right for me to give back by sharing with you what I know is true.
THE TRUTH: THERE IS MEANING IN SUFFERING
We all suffer. It’s a fact. For some, this suffering is incredibly immense; for others, it’s fairly light. Yet most of us find ourselves fluctuating between the two. But hold on and keep your chin up: there is a greater purpose for our suffering.
- “If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that he has great designs for you, and that he certainly intends to make you a saint.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
- “The saints suffered everything with joy, patience, and perseverance, because they loved.” – St. John of Vianney
- “Your lot is indeed a beautiful one, since our Lord has chosen it for you … The greatest honor God can bestow upon a soul is not to give it great things, but to ask of it great things.” – St. Terese of Lisieux
So if you are going through a rough patch, take courage: This will not be your forever. A beautiful Spring always emerges after a harsh Winter. Until then, remember that it is through your suffering that you are blessed.