Jonah Seiler ’21 is a Physical Education major at Roberts Wesleyan College.
If there is one thing that I want you to get out of reading this, it’s this: whatever struggle or issue or season that you are facing right now has a purpose.
Let me describe a quick analogy for you. Whenever you work out, run, or do any type of exercise you are breaking down your muscles tearing them to the smallest degree. These are called microtears, but with your muscles being broken and torn, they need to be built back up. This happens with the proper nutrition and healing, and with over time your muscles will be repaired and will become stronger than ever before. This is exactly how God builds us up and makes us stronger.
The only way for God to build us up and make us stronger is to sometimes break us down first. If there is one thing that I want you to get out of reading this, it’s this: whatever struggle or issue or season that you are facing right now has a purpose. God would not allow you to go through a rough period if it were not to have you learn something from it and to make you stronger. Our God is a god of wisdom and he does not allow things to happen for no reason, especially when it comes to helping you grow and mature. He has a plan and a purpose for all of this, for you as well. It says in the Bible in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV).
I myself am struggling with a tough season myself. I have a goal in life to be the best person that I can for not only God, but for my future family and wife. I want to be the best version of myself possible and do what I can to lead my family as well as to honor God. I know where some of you may be coming from and it can be a tough, dark place. But I can tell you from my own experience, it starts with putting God first in your life. This semester I have chosen to make God my first priority and do my part to help myself grow. Yes, there have been some bad times, lately. Yes, there have been times where I have said, “I can’t take this anymore” or “Why is this happening to me God?” But because I have chosen to trust in God’s process and know that he has the best interest for me and is with me for the end of time, I have received the strength of God to keep going. And let me tell you, I am starting to see the other side. God has used these past four years of college to make me into the man that he wants me to be and I am forever grateful for him, but there is still more to come.
God is for you, not against you. He wants to see you grow and become stronger.
But don’t just take my word for it, learn this for yourself. I urge you to make a commitment to God to put him first in your life and let everything else follow. When you begin to lean on God when the times get tough, you will see the amazing works of our God whether it is self growth, a family member is healed from sickness, a healing from a tough ending to a relationship, or even a growth in mental health. God is for you and not against you, he wants to see you grow and become stronger. So whenever you enter into a rough season, stay close and cling to God. He will always make a way to get you through it.