There is Always Purpose in Your Struggle

21 Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. 22 But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked.23 And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations…”

Genesis 25:21-23 NLT

I always believed in my heart that God sent me to my current place of employment. I didn’t even apply for the position I was hired into! As the years went on, I became more and more confident in my skills and even felt proud about my growth as a leader. Admittedly, I felt on top of the world, but when I was given the 7-week task of managing at a large capacity, I was nervous to say the least. I dreaded the day it would arrive, and rightly so, because that summer experience stretched me like no other job had done before.  (Crying for five weeks straight was proof of that.)

I hated everything about that experience because it was so difficult, and I didn’t think it was fair that I had the largest amount of responsibility while my colleagues didn’t even have half as much.

“Why is this happening to me?” I asked God over and over.  Just like Rebekah in the Bible, I couldn’t see the bigger picture.  It turned out, though, that being able to lead and manage at such a large capacity prepared me for a promotion that I received the following year.  Had I not gone through that struggle, I wouldn’t have grown, and I wouldn’t have been considered for a new position with similar responsibilities that I was now ready for. It was clear that God saw the bigger purpose all along and was preparing me for it.

He also saw the bigger purpose of Rebekah’s woes. He knew why the struggle was there: He wasn’t just blessing her with a child, he blessed her with two nations. Two nations! And if that doesn’t blow your mind, one of those sons was in the direct lineage of Jesus Christ!

I believe it’s easier for us in our human minds to feel immediately frustrated about the struggles we face.  I also believe it is because we don’t always understand them, especially when we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is within those moments of frustration that we should remind ourselves about God’s greatness: His ways are not our ways, but His ways are indeed greater.  In His perfect timing, He will reveal the much bigger picture, but we must do our part by remaining patient and expectant during the wait.

Is there something that you are struggling with in your own life? I encourage you to take some time out this week to pray for clarity and God’s peace in your situation. Then, shift your focus from your frustration to the purpose He will reveal in due time.

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Elana Cole is a writer, educator, and professional coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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