Last Saturday was one of the best days ever. Riley and I made a big brunch of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, coffee, and mimosas. We took a long walk in the gorgeous spring weather–it was only 69 degrees! In late May! In Texas! So blissful. We lounged on the couch together and chatted for hours. We did laundry and cleaned up our house. We grilled burgers for dinner and ate them with BBQ chips and fresh watermelon. We opened the windows and aired out our home. For dessert, we sat together on the patio under a blanket and ate ice cream. I laughed so hard I cried multiple times. I don’t have a single photo to share; it was just a low-key, casual Saturday. We did nothing and ate everything and it was perfect.
A couple of years ago, a day like this would have flown completely under the radar for me. But on Saturday night, I fell asleep feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. This trying time of life has made me frustrated and exhausted, yes, but it has also humbled me into someone who deeply appreciates little moments of joy, like a simple happy Saturday. When life is “sunshine and rainbows,” this kind of thing is not at all noteworthy–it’s almost boring. But when life is hard, eating ice cream with Riley through laughter on the porch is the most amazing joy in the world.
This post is meant to be a small dose of encouragement: There is much to learn through difficult seasons.
I think the mark of a strong woman is someone who says, This is tough, and I don’t want to go through it, but I will allow myself to grow through the difficulty and learn through the sadness. I refuse to become hard-hearted; instead I will allow this hardship to soften my compassion and awaken my empathy. I won’t be wrecked by this trial, I’ll learn instead.
If you’re the Bible-reading type, you’ll know that God uses life’s trials and difficulties to refine and teach his people over and over and over again. In fact, I can hardly think of a single man or woman in the Bible whose faith journey doesn’t revolve around hardship.
My heart is deeply grateful for our perfect little Saturday–those hours of joy allowed me to recognize one of the many lessons I’m learning in life at present: there is profound beauty in the slow and simple. I’m not a victim, I’m a student. Right now, I’m learning lessons that cannot be taught in textbooks; these are lessons that must be taught through experience. As this post’s title suggests, we must let hard things teach us.
// I really look forward to hearing about your experiences. What are you learning through life right now? What is God teaching you through the season you’re in? How have your dark days shaped and taught you?
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