Sometimes when you’ve come through a trial, all you can think about is you’re glad it’s over. You give God praise, wipe the sweat from your brow, and do your best to forget about it. It was trying, challenging, and painful, so move on from it without looking back. However, I do have a question for you. As much as you want to forget it and get as far away from it as you can, what did you learn from being there? Trials aren’t accidents or random, they each have a purpose, and even though you come out, I believe it’s vital to assess what happened while you were there.

I don’t want to scare you or bring worry, and it might not be time to return in your mind to reflect, but I can promise you, there is value in what you endured. It will either help you for the next trial you face or give encouragement to someone else if you share your story. Perhaps you made some mistakes that you can fix next time around. As bad as you want to forget it, some things need to be remembered and revisited. I’m not asking you to go back and get bitter. I’m asking you to go back to get better. Don’t go back and stay; it’s just a visit, and when the tour is over, pack up what you’ve learned and continue to live in faith.

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