Every trial and challenge we face serves a purpose. There is a spiritual lesson to learn from that experience that makes us a better person and brings us closer to God.
When faced with trying circumstances, it can be helpful to ask, “What is the spiritual lesson I’m supposed to learn from this?”
Decades ago, when suffering horribly from a cold for days on end, I asked the question, “What am I supposed to learn from this?” And in a moment of complete honesty, I remembered that right before the cold hit me, I had gotten very discouraged about something in my life. It was a moment of feeling utterly weak about my future. The cold slammed me soon after.
I put the two together, realizing that my temporary feeling of weakness on the inside, showed up as physical weakness on the outside.
The spiritual lesson I needed to learn was apparent. I needed to stay more alert to keeping my thought in a strong spiritual state, and to not give into suggestions of helplessness or weakness. The cold I thought was my problem, was not the problem. The trial I faced was about demonstrating better mental and spiritual immunity to suggestions of error. This in turn, would protect me mentally and physically in the future. And this has proved to be the case.
Once I discerned the above lesson, my cold healed quickly, and I’ve done a much better job since that time of stopping symptoms quicker, or avoiding them altogether.
Life is not an accident. Life is meant to be good. Any challenge to that good is an opportunity to learn more about the goodness of God that overcomes that challenge and leaves it behind. The quicker we learn the spiritual lesson, the faster we progress.