One of my favorite quotes in the book is on page 38. It states “He[God] relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His[God’s] special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else”…on page 40 it continues, “It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it[man] is growing into the sort of creature He[God] wants it[man] to be.”
This past year I have had the opportunity to work with an incredible 13 year old boy who has special needs and has many medical issues. When I first read those words, my mind immediately turned to my patient as well as his wonderful family, and all the trials and struggles they have been facing, not only this past year, but through his entire 13 years.
It has been an overwhelming and emotional experience being so closely connected with this family as they endure the troughs as well as experience the peaks as a family unit. I truly believe that this family is one of “His special favourites”. I am continually amazed at how this family keeps strong faith in God despite the deep troughs they have been through. They always look at the glass half full and keep a positive attitude.
I believe that each of us has our own individual troughs and peaks be they small or large. Some days we are on cloud nine and other days we struggle to make it out of bed in the morning. It is a normal human experience to have these ups and downs. Our Savior is there with us through the good times and the bad. He will never leave our side.
Have you been strengthened by someone you know who has been through a difficult trial? Can you recall a difficult experience you have been through, be it great or small? How do you keep faith and stay close to God when times are tough?