A few days ago, a friend on social media asked, “how do you handle trials when you don’t feel strong enough?” Just like several others, I wrote back with my own tidbit of advice. I shared, “I always think about the fact that God never gives us something we can’t handle. So if we think we can’t handle it, it’s just because God knows we’re stronger than we think we are.”
I thought about that as the day went on. We all go through trials. All around us, there are people going through hard times. Of course, we don’t always see that, but it’s there. And there are tons of quotes, articles, and talks about trials and the necessity of them in our lives. There are, however, three quotes about this that I really love.
Elder Neal A. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “Along with the bright colors of happiness and joy, the darker-colored threads of trial and tragedy are woven deeply into the fabric of our Father’s plan.”
I’ve just gotten into sewing and I love wandering down the aisles of Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann’s looking for fabrics that I can turn into clothes, pouches, blankets, etc. The fabrics that stick out the most are often the ones with stark contrast. The bright colors mixed with the dark ones. They jump out at you from the piles of fabric that line the walls. Our lives are full of good and bad moments, happy and sad ones. There are bright moments and dark moments, and they all work together to create the beautiful tapestry of our life.
Ehssan said, “Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness and the black keys represent sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.”
I heard this quote for the first time many years ago. My favorite part of it is the end. “the black keys also create music.” Sometimes we think of trials as tainting the good moments in our lives. In reality, they can add to it. The black keys add to the white keys to create beautiful music. The black keys contribute to the beauty, just in a different way than the white keys.
And lastly, one of my favorites from the famous Doctor Who show, “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.”
Just like the other two, this quote emphasizes how life is full of good things and bad things. I love how he says that the bad don’t always soften the good, but the good don’t always spoil the bad. They work together. Sometimes the bad things will be really bad, and no matter how many good things we have surrounding us, it’s not going to be great. And that’s okay. The purpose of life isn’t to ignore the bad or shut it out. We’re supposed to learn from it and grow.
One thing I love about all these quotes is the idea of beauty. Our lives are beautiful with the good and the bad. We can learn and grow and become the people God always intended us to be. Just like I wrote to my friend on social media, God knows we are stronger than we think we are. In those moments when it seems impossible to go on, don’t forget about the beauty that the hard days can bring to our lives. And how much more grateful we are for the good when we’ve understood the bad.