Adversity

That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.

In the face of adversity we have different options. We can stand our ground and fight or we can run away and hide. On a Friday afternoon at precisely 4:46 pm I received an email from parents of one of my students accusing me of things that were simply untrue. Needless to say I was staring straight into the face of adversity, in other words, I was faced with the most unfortunate circumstances and with no clear resolution. Now, my challenges are nothing compared to real suffering in this world but when each of us are faced with trials we feel like it will be the end of us no matter how small. Thankfully we most often live to see a new day and God grants us favor beyond our imagination.

Sometimes we face situations which look impossible. Sometimes we are accused of things that are not true and we wonder how we are able to prove our worth. Sometimes we have to take the situation and hand it over to God because we know that we are not capable of making the favorable outcome possible without help. In this case I had to prove that I had given correct information without having documentation to back up my assertion that I had acted on best intentions. In fact, the evidence seemed to substantiate the parent’s claim over my own. It was a challenge to say the least. After much searching and asserting and conversing we let it lie and I gave it away. I told myself that I knew I was right and I wasn’t going to worry about it over the weekend. I had a lovely brunch with a very dear friend and then Craig and I had a wonderful dinner with a great couple that we love very much. I did not let this blemish ruin a very enjoyable time that was much deserved.

That Friday, before I left work, I emailed the head of the department in which there was an issue and asked for clarification. I wanted to know if what I had done was indeed correct or if I had unknowingly given wrong information and therefore the parents assertion that they were informing our state representative of my incompetence was somehow warranted. Thankfully, when I came in to work that Monday morning, there was an email waiting on me that not only confirmed my position but apologized for possibly giving the parents incorrect information that made it seem as though I had not done my job correctly. I shouted with joy and said the Doxology aloud!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

I remember repeating these verses in church when we would bring the offering plates to the altar. I remember the feeling that he would “make it right” if only we would give ourselves to him fully and without reservation. Sometimes we don’t have that email waiting for us on Monday morning. Sometimes it can take longer than we’d like to see His blessings. No matter what, we are given a choice, we can stay and fight or we can run away. When we remain confident in His abilities to overcome our adversity we know that it will all work out but here’s the thing… even if He doesn’t deliver us from adversity we know that He is above all things and will make all things according to His good.

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