I once heard a man say that God created us to experience Godliness, Godship, and that He has a plan for us all.
In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:
“Allah wrote down the decrees of creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.”
One of the most important acts of worship, no matter your religion, is gratitude. In good times and in bad. That’s easy to do when we’re smiling, happy and have little to no worries. It’s when the tough times come around that it’s a challenge.
When tough times come around, it’s natural to feel upset, unhappy and unworthy. It feels like we’re being punished for something and that God is not pleased with us in some way.
But I write this to you, the one with pain in your heart and tears in your eyes and a reminder to myself. No matter the tough situation you are in, you may not see a way out right now but there is. Undoubtedly. God has a plan for you. He will never put you in that situation if you can’t handle it. The Qur’an says:
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا
“ALLAH does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear.” (2:286)
Having many loads on my shoulders, it has taught me so many valuable lessons that I now only see were only possible through those trails and tribulations.
So no matter how heavy the load is, your shoulders have the strength to carry it. That is God-given strength. Your most powerful weapon against any battle is faith in God. Believe that He will get you out of the darkness in the most wonderful way. It is said in the Quraan:
وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا
“And He will provide him from sources unimaginable to him. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.” (6:3)
It’s hard to understand when you all you feel is lost and confused but take this from someone who has been in your shoes. I completely understand. Trust me when I say that if you keep going and hold unbreakable faith, you are headed for some life changing breakthroughs. Patience is of utmost importance right now. The quality of your life depends on it. Whilst it may seem that there is little that can be done to change the course of things, you can be patient. There is a great deal of peace that settles within you when you choose to pick yourself up, hold your head high and be patient as it all passes. And it will, everything will pass.
In the Quran Surah Baqarah Allah says:
إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
Verily, Allah is with those who are Patient. [2:153]
Pick your head up, little fighter, the sun came up today to show you that after dark times, comes the bright days. There is life within you. It needs to be expressed. There is endless potential within you right now, believe it or not. There is air in your lungs and that is something to be grateful for. It keeps you alive even through the bad days, because it’s time here isn’t up. Neither is yours.
There are people who have hurt you, broken your heart and made you cry but there are also people who ave stood with you in the darkest days and simple times.
There are monsters within you, within us all, that we deal with on a daily basis. Bad habits, toxic people, self-image and self-sabotage. You conquer it every day. You have made mistakes and failed more than once. But you have also had some great wins, accomplishments and days where you laughed with your whole belly.
These are just some of the greatest blessings which aren’t so apparent to us. They have allowed you to learn and grow. If we are to live our lives according to God’s will then trust that the plan He has for us is the greatest of plans. While we may not always know what that plan is, we can trust that He wants us to live our lives with true love, peace and joy.That’s the greatest thing about trials, it comes around to teach you, strengthen you, heal you. It can only be achieved through the most natural force of life – growth.