Seeing the Beauty in Our Struggles

This is Day 12 of our series on “Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn” — part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I’ll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here.

I apologize for not posting this yesterday. I caught the stomach bug and was in bed for most of the day.

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The other day I wrote about waiting for a new normal, and I’d like to continue that train of thought.

Whether we’re welcoming a new baby into our family or saying goodbye to a loved one, whether we’re adapting to changes from a new job, a new diagnosis, a new house, or a new school, change is difficult. For some people, making transitions is fluid, natural, and easy. But for many of us, change is synonymous with pain or loss. It means that the comfortable life you once led is over — at least temporarily, but often permanently.

I feel guilty equating our new daughter’s arrival to pain or loss. She’s a beautiful blessing from the Lord, no doubt. Yet, there are very real struggles in our life right now as we adapt to her presence — her needs, her cries, her grins, her interruptions — to our once normal life.

Struggle isn’t bad though. The more I grow as a Christian, the more I see what James meant when he said:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

James 1:2-4

Trials aren’t fun, but they are what produce in us the steadfastness, the patience, the stamina we need to endure when even more difficult challenges come our way. Ultimately, if we are steadfast, then we will be complete, lacking in nothing, for when Jesus returns, we — the faithful — will “be like Him” (1 John 3:2).

For now, let’s choose to see the beauty in our struggles. When you’re up for the hundredth time with a crying baby, thank the Lord for his life. When you’re cleaning up yet another blow-out, praise God that your baby is healthy and getting plenty of nutritious food in her belly. When the baby spits up all over your clean shirt, sing a hymn of thanksgiving that you have another clean top to put on.

As we wait for a new normal, let’s be mindful that we have a God who loves us as a father loves his children, and He is with us each step of the way. God will carry us through this time of struggle, so that we will not just survive as we wait for our new normal, but we will thrive. Trust in Him.

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