“For in prosperity a man is often puffed up with pride, whereas tribulations chasten and humble him through suffering and sorrow…
In Hardship he is forced to reflect on himself, even though he be unwilling.”
~ Alfred the Great
Though none of us want to endure hardships, it is those hardships- those periods of suffering- that bring us to a truly humble state.
As humans we seem to avoid self-reflection unless we are in a humbled state. Indeed, as the author says above, in our easy and happy times we all-too-easily get puffed up with pride; forgetting any memory of humility, or even gratitude. And in this elevated state, we are often far from God, far from wisdom.
Allow these words to lead us to not only accepting hardships into our lives with a little bit more perspective, but to remind us that when we are in the midst of those hardships we are in the midst of our opportunity(!) To exercise self-reflection.
Indeed, dear reader, suffering is the time to seek God- it’s our time to find again that Faith we left back along the way.