As I write this, I know there are those around me who are going through great pain. In a way, I almost feel silly for thinking anything I have gone through lately could even be compared to some of your stories. I guess there is always that looming sense that someone else may have it worse……However, there is a purpose and to everything there is a season. This was one of my seasons:
It is not easy for chaos to come steam-rolling into our lives and derail us. At least, that is what I felt was happening for me, as little by little things around me began to fall apart. My church home was going through many changes. Folks that I have come to treasure as family where relocating. Everything felt out of control. I don’t necessarily know why I was feeling this way. I am normally a take-it-as-it-comes-kinda-person.
Something was different this time around.
The question became, “God, what am I suppose to do? What is my next step?” I felt like I was getting no answer. The more frustrated I became the less room there was for peace in my life. And it was showing in every area of my life.
Had God left me or forsaken me? Certainly not! But that’s what Satan would love to have me believe. And that’s what He would love to have you believe as well…. You see, when we feel defeated, every area of our life is lived as it is already defeated. We live what we believe.
Victory is in Christ!
I guess a better question would be: why is it when things are out of control or not going the way we thought, we automatically assume God is causing harm? Or, He couldn’t possible know all this is going on…maybe this one got by His radar.
Maybe the truth is…we want control (I wanted control). Or, we believe our circumstances are bigger than God….How big is your God?
I had to ponder all of these things as I was walking through this season. The truth was, God was working out His purpose in the midst of it all. And no matter what the outcome, it would turn out for His glory. It may not look like the ideas and plans that we had laid out for ourselves. However, I bet you in the end we would have gotten everything God had intended for us-His best.
I must add, there is also a season of pruning. Think about those rose bushes. The old, dry, dead branches only hinder the new growth that needing to take place. Don’t hold on to the dry places of your life.
He will finish the work He has begun. His grace is bigger than our short-comings.
Remember God sees the big picture. It is so easy to get tripped up on what is right in front of us-focusing on a distorted view. Instead, let us put our focus where it rightly belongs-Jesus Christ.
For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7