“Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.”
Yes, we all need to be strong and courageous for one thing is sure in our life, we will never escape challenges, trials and difficulties. God uses trials like a megaphone, calling our attention. He uses it like a furnace, purifying our character of impurities.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
In the book, “Streams in the Desert”, I read of a legend about a German baron who stretched wires from tower to tower at his castle on the Rhine. He wanted the winds to convert them into an aeolian harp. As the soft breezes blew about the castle, no music was heard. But one night, a great storm broke and the baron’s castle was smite by the fury of the winds. As the tempest raged on, music from the aeolian harp filled the air. Sometimes God gives our hearts songs in the night and they are the sweetest songs we will ever sing, and the most beautiful God will hear.