Finding strength in uncertainty: How to maintain faith during difficult times
By Lisa Savage | Mar 20, 2023
Life can be tricky sometimes, and there are moments when it feels like the world is conspiring against you. Black women, in particular, face numerous challenges and adversities, from systemic racism and discrimination to gender-based violence and economic inequality. But despite these obstacles, many black women show remarkable resilience and continue to have faith even in the face of adversity.
Faith can take many forms – a belief in a higher power, a trust in oneself, or a hope for a better future. Faith has been a source of strength and resilience for black women throughout history. From the African women brought to the Americas as enslaved people and forced to endure unimaginable hardship to the modern-day black women who fight for social justice and equality, faith has played a crucial role in their survival and success.
One of the most inspiring examples of faith and resilience is the story of Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery in the early 19th century, Tubman escaped to freedom and risked her life, leading hundreds of other enslaved people to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Despite facing constant danger and adversity, Tubman never lost faith in her mission or her ability to overcome obstacles. She said, “I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.”
In modern times, black women continue to show remarkable resilience in adversity. They are often the backbone of their families and communities, taking on multiple roles and responsibilities. They face discrimination in the workplace, healthcare, and justice systems, yet they persist and push forward. They fight for their rights and the rights of others, organizing protests and advocating for change.
One reason why black women are so resilient is their ability to draw on their faith and spirituality. For many black women, their faith is not just a belief system but a way of life. It provides them with a sense of purpose, meaning, and hope. It also helps them to connect with others and to find strength in the community. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Of course, having faith in the face of adversity is not always easy. Sometimes it feels like everything is falling apart, and it’s hard to see a way forward. But even in these moments, faith can provide light in the darkness. It can give us the courage to keep going, fighting, and believing in ourselves and our abilities.
If you’re struggling with adversity, there are a few things you can do to strengthen your faith and resilience. First, try to cultivate a positive mindset. Focus on what you’re grateful for, and try to find joy and beauty in the world around you. Next, surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you and your abilities. Finally, take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and take time for self-care activities that nurture your soul.
In conclusion, having faith in the face of adversity can be a powerful tool for coping and persevering, particularly for black women who have historically faced numerous challenges and obstacles. Faith provides a sense of purpose and meaning and can help us find the strength and resilience to persevere in the face of hardship. If you’re struggling to find faith and strength, contact a Black or Brown therapist in your area. We’re here for you.