Adversity is the shortest road to sanctity.
(Fr. Don Vitalis Lehodey)
It seems the times in my faith journey I’ve grown the most have always been during the trials I’ve met on the road of adversity. Yes, the hardest parts of my faith journey have also been the most fruitful parts of my life.
I must confess that even though I know this correlation between adversity and spiritual growth exists I still prefer the long scenic route to sanctity (if such a road exists). I think it’s human nature. Who doesn’t prefer the smoothly paved roads of life over the bumpy ones; we embrace the good times (which is ok) and we’re quick to look for a detour so to escape unpleasant circumstances or our suffering and pain (usually not so ok).
Avoidance and detours work for a while. However, in the end, if your heart desires to be like Jesus, you soon realize there are no other roads worth taking and you fall to your knees in full surrender like Jesus did in the Garden and pray: Not my will but yours be done.
If you’re on the shorty bumpy road of adversity today then here’s a good verse to hang onto:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1: 2-4)