Spiritual Practice


Tessa Emily Hall, 22

As a novelist, I have been taught to give struggles to the main characters in the stories I write. Without struggles, there is no story. Sure, my character might assume that her suffering is never-ending; however, she doesn’t see what I see. She doesn’t see that the pain is causing her to grow and to become stronger. Ultimately, I will craft for her the perfect ending.

I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us.
Romans 8:18 (CEV)

When I am suffering, I trust that the story of my life is being written by God. And when I view my life from God’s perspective, I remember that my pain isn’t going to last forever. God reassures me that, although the trials I face may be difficult, they have a purpose: They give me an opportunity to grow, to become stronger. And ultimately, God, the author of all life, will weave together a beautiful story with a perfect ending.


JOURNAL: How have your past struggles shaped you into the person you are today?

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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