Many people ask, “Why did this happen to me? What have I done to deserve this?” We all know that bad things can happen to good people. When we find ourselves in difficult situations, it is natural to feel isolated from heavenly help. We feel alone. Whenever I am hit with a crushing blow, I must remember this promise from a prophet of God: “I promise you that one day you will stand aside and look at your difficult times. You will realize that [God] was always beside you” (Thomas S. Monson). I need to move quickly from feelings of despair and ask these more productive questions: “What can I learn from this experience? How can use this opportunity to strengthen my faith in God?” All experiences have the purpose of producing spiritual growth. As I reflect, I can see that I was closest to God during my most challenging times. It’s because of my utter need. I reached upward for guidance and listened more intently to spiritual promptings. We can see God’s hand in our lives during good times and bad—if we look. And we can become stronger because of pushing through our challenges. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Have you experienced the uplifting feeling of knowing God is walking with you during difficult times?