Facing obstacles in life can seem like an impossible hurdle to overcome. Life itself has a series of challenges either big or small. At the age of 23, I can say that I’ve seen it all. Don’t get me wrong, I am very, I mean very blessed.
How we face the normal events of each day is generally how we will face the bigger challenges. A lot of people don’t know this about me but at the age of 15 I went to the doctor for a sports physical just like every other athlete, and left being diagnosed with one of the most traumatic diseases. I was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome. A syndrome that is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. These rapid heartbeats may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure. In some cases, your heart may beat erratically for so long that it can cause sudden death, according to the Mayo Clinic.
I’ve always had a certain drive about me. I was determined to try out for volleyball that fall. During tryouts I wore a fancy machine called a defibrillator; a device that consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart. 2 or 3 weeks later I was prohibited to do any physical activity which caused me to forfeit volleyball that season.
I was mentally and physically depressed. It was a struggle for me to get out of bed and do everyday activities. Thinking about dying at 15 is the most horrifying thing for a teenager. Everything changes when you see challenges as blessings. During this time my faith in God grew. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1
A year later I learned that I had been misdiagnosed. I still have early stages of the disease, which causes me to be cautious about certain foods I eat, and how much psychically activity I do. Going through this tragic time has made me a stronger person. I don’t take any day on earth for granted.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Obstacles in life are really challenges and choices that are placed there to help you grow as a person. The experience usually leads us to learn something from it. I am appreciative of the challenges that have bestowed upon me because if it were not for them I wouldn’t be the strong person that I am today.
When faced with challenges in life you should always ask yourself these questions.
- What can you learn from this?
- How can this strengthen me?
- How can I use this to my advantage?
- How can I help others?