Strong Women Wear Their Pain Like Stilettos
“Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it.” -Harriet Morgan
I say "strong women," but this can apply to both men and women. Our lives are hills and valleys. As much as we love, love, loveee those hills...we always know a valley may be just around the corner. The valleys always last WAY longer than we think is appropriate. I tell you, God and I are almost never in the same time zone. I feel like he is wearing a completely different watch than I could ever understand. Sometimes, I think God is cracking up at how anxious I become when things are not done on my timeline.
You see, I am a worrier. This worry stems from me being a planner... and this planning stems from wanting to be in control. Here's the thing: I wasn't ever meant to be in control. HE is always in control and his timing is perfect. You heard me, it's perfect. That is why we know not to even attempt to understand God's reasoning before he reveals it to us. Instead, we are asked to put our unwavering faith in his perfect hands.
So, when we go through trials, we must see the beauty in it. Just like wearing those 6-inch stilettos, we push through the pain because we know the result is favorable. People think, we Christians are crazy for staying prayerful in the most horrendous of situations. Just as, non-heel wearing women think I am insane for trotting around in such high shoes. In both situations, we have faith and understanding in knowing the pain is not in vain. The pain is for beauty.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4
So, let us go forth into the world, armed with the knowledge of this verse. Let's lovingly force ourselves to see our trials and tribulations through a different lens. Instead of asking ourselves, "Why Me," let's ask ourselves "Why NOT me?" I'm never suggesting we pretend bad things are good, but let's recognize the fact that we are being shaped for something bigger in our darkest hours. When we exit on the other side of tragedy, let's wear our triumph like a badge of honor. Let's spread the good word and vow to be there for those going through those same struggles. This is part of the beauty that God has in store. The love and fellowship that comes from sharing your testimony is beautiful. In our deepest of valleys, let's never lose sight of this beauty, for we know it is always there if we look for it.