What a wonderful day, one of those days when all is right with the world! How we wish every day could feel like this. But life does have its ups and downs. Everyone experiences the “ups” and unfortunately everyone also experiences the “downs.”
What gets us through the down times is a wonderful word called resilience. Trees, for instance, develop resilience as they grow. Their trunk grows larger and stronger and their roots go deeply into the ground to create stability. We know that some types of trees are far more resilient than others. People are like that too. Everyone has a little resilience; some people have a lot of it. Here’s a definition:
the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
Each time we face off against a difficulty in life, we develop some of that precious resilience. And it serves us well for the next onslaught of trouble.
So developing the toughness we need to withstand difficult times is a human matter. We develop it as we go through life. And a part of the development involves our own emotional growth. We have control over that. But there is also the spiritual realm and the role God plays in making us who we are. It is best described by Francis de Sales.
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day.
Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.
I am committed to work on my own resilience, but I am very glad that God gives us the unfailing strength to bear suffering. That’s good news!