So often I whine when trials come my way. I love the idea of seeing them as opportunities to be seized and I resonate with the idea of life becoming inspirational because of those trials. It is possible to be optimistic when trials come. To that end I pray - for you and for me.
She shared with the audience that some mornings when she wakes up, she often realizes anew the challenges being paralyzed and unable to use her hands or her legs, the pain in her body and the constant wait for friends to come in and give her a bed bath, help her through exercises and get her dressed. Tada testified that although she often feels that she cannot bear this experience, she constantly relies on God's strength and prays for His smile to greet her helpers.
"Trials are not just assaults to be withstood. No, trials are opportunities to be seized," she said. And with that perspective, Tada said, "Life becomes inspiring, not in spite of the problems and the hard hits, but because of them."
She reminded them that God is in control, and He has the victory. Tada instructed listeners to, instead of succumbing to challenges, think "Game on!" "Let's go!" "Victory is within Reach!" and to keep challenging themselves to work harder and deepen their relationship with God.
Optimism in Face of Trials
There is probably no other person in contemporary America that I respect more when it comes to speaking on the topic of trials and suffering than Joni Eareckson Tada. Consider these excerpts from this Christian Post article: