To Bloom Despite Adversity
Start writing a post

To Bloom Despite Adversity

Choosing Faith in the Face of Struggle

To Bloom Despite Adversity
Courtney Welch

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." - Mulan

I was reminded of this quote the other day, being the Disney-Classic-lover that I am.

Lately, I've been reflecting on the seasons and how right now, especially in Kentucky, they have been a bit chaotic and unpredictable. Spring is among us, although the weather doesn't know whether or not to agree. Springtime brings rain, but it also brings flowers and abundance of life.

Although it may sound quite cliché, I can't emphasize enough the lessons we learn from looking at nature. I believe God uses nature to teach us about Him, to reveal aspects of ourselves and our relation to Him, and to bring us peace in the midst of chaos.

Winter is not known for blooming flowers or an awakening of life, but there are definitely some flowers, such as Snowdrops, that emerge during a time that is seemingly suffocating and oppressive as opposed to springtime.

All is to say, life can be hard sometimes. And it can be difficult to grasp a sense of understanding or peace in a time of overwhelming stress. But I'm here to remind you that circumstances do not determine one's state of heart or mind. Perspective and gratitude are two of the most important aspects to consider during seasons of hardship. They urge us to cling to our faith and open our eyes to remember that, as one of my professors recently stated, faith is the opposite of control.

So if you're feeling like your life has been out of control or you're afraid of what is to come, it's okay. However, you have a choice. You can choose to try and harness a sense of control within yourself or in a manifestation outside of yourself (which might I add never works out), or you can choose to trust God with your fears and anxieties, following Him with your daily decisions AND thoughts. Your outward actions may say you've got your priorities straight, but don't overlook the impact your mind has on how you feel or what you believe.

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see." - Hebrews 11:1

No matter what's going on around or within you, don't doubt that abundance of life can be found in the face of adversity. When our eyes are fixed on the face of Christ, we can be reminded that we are not alone in times of suffering or uncertainty.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

There's always a reason to be happy.

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

It doesn't cost a thing - so smile.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Songs That Will Hit You In The Feels, No Doubt About It

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to music is making different playlists on Spotify. I find it so fun to go back to old songs, find new ones, and categorize them into my different playlists. We all have that one playlist that we resort to when we are really feeling some type of way — also known as a "feels" playlist. If you have one of these playlists or feel ~inspired~ to make one, here are 11 songs that are a must to add.

Keep Reading... Show less

To My Fellow Girls With Resting B**** Face

A letter to my friends with RBF about understanding your own face and helping others deal with it.

Jupe du Jour

To the girl with resting b**** face:

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriends Of The 2000s

Thank you, J14, for the Posters

J14 magazine

Every girl remembers her first crush. Even if your first crush was the boy in your kindergarten class that ate crayons, your first true love will always be the one that holds the key to your heart. Growing up in the 2000s, everyone knew who your dream guy was. Your family probably still give you grief and your best friends probably still reminisce, so it is impossible to forget your first celebrity crush. You bought a Tiger Beat magazine every chance you could just to read up about what your favorite celebrity was doing. Your room was fully decorated with posters of them, and it wasn't unusual to have fights with your best friends over who was going to marry him. If you were a 90's baby, lucky you because the 2000s were full of boys that were easy to love. I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane and quickly realize that Bieber was definitely not the first guy with that hair cut. Here are 15 90's baby's first boyfriends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments