Question: “My situation is myself” — I think I get it — I just need to know how having my baby in intensive care for over two months applies to my situation? I need to be clear about this.
Answer: The idea that “my situation is myself” is valuable to us to the degree that we understand what “powers” this understanding grants us. It’s not that this knowledge makes us stronger than difficult moments, but that it allows us the use of such moments for our spiritual growth — a growth that ultimately equates with a new kind of strength. As we grow inwardly, we increasingly realize that what we experience from life begins with our own perception of the life we are experiencing. The first surface of the mirror that we gaze upon called life is what we know about ourselves. Don’t try to be stronger than your situation; become a student of it. This is the path to victory.
The great gulf between what a man knows is true and his ability to be true is wide indeed; but, take heart: no one ever managed to cross the river of Life who didn’t first stand before it — realizing that of his own strength he will never succeed — and then, by a faith born of knowing he must dare the waters — begin to swim. Those who choose to make this crossing find what those who don’t never will: the strength is given, a way is made, the distant shore awaits within.
In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about how conflict is born in those moments when our expectations about how life ought to unfold meet reality.