Hey y’all, hey!!! Summer is finally coming to a close here in Arizona and we’ve entered into full time school year happenings. Life has definitely taken some swings, but we’re still here and God is still teaching and moving.
I gotta have a truth moment with you, though. I hit a rough patch and let it get a few hits on me! Instead of pressing through, I gave in and began to sink. But God!
My husband and I have gone through this season of one hit after another and we both have had moments where we’ve looked at each other like, What is happening?! We’ve fought anger, depression, confusion, and the urge to flat out walk away from it all. We even allowed life to make us unhappy in ways we never thought we would be. I’ve struggled with habits I thought I let go of a long time ago in an effort to cope with this unknown feeling of blah.
Funny thing about old habits is that even though we expect the same result, when we know better, God requires more. We can’t drink ourselves to sleep or pop enough pills to get that numbing feeling anymore. It’s that relentless love… Even in my most darkest night, God found ways to speak to me.
Today our pastor said something that made me wonder which window he was peaking through this morning to eavesdrop on me and my husband’s conversation.
We spent our morning talking about how rough life’s been and how we couldn’t see how things changed so dramatically. On the flip side, we brought up how even though things were different and hard, we’ve also been blessed.
When we got to church, the first thing our pastor said after worship is How’s everyone doing? Then he goes on to say that no matter how things look, whether it’s how we hoped or not, we should always be able to say, I’m good! Why? Because as long as you’re in God’s will, you ARE good!
Paul did most of his writing while sitting in a prison, yet he learned what it was to be content in whatever situation he was in because he trusted in the God he served. Joseph came face to face with the very brothers who betrayed him years prior and instead of dwelling on his past and what they did, he chose to love them and help them during the famine.
I think of David and how even though some of his writings in the book of Psalms start with him crying out in fear, distress or anger, there’s always a turning point in that very same chapter where he has his But God moment. It’s where David refocuses on the One who has the ability to get him through. Notice I said through, and not out.
Does life hurt sometimes? Like heck. Is it confusing most days? Yep. Does it frustrate the heck out of you not knowing how things will turn out or where life will end up? Always! Especially for a planning freak like me! But when you make a decision to serve the One who wrote your story before you were even a thought in your mother’s head, that requires you to TRUST that very same God!
So why dwell on what you have no control over? Why stress over stuff thats fleeting? What seems impossible to us is nothing but pure reality to God. We just have to trust that God is able. My question for you today is, Do you trust God? I mean, really?
Believe me, I’ve had to question myself as well. A few times! I’m speaking to myself first and foremost before anyone else!
Today I want to encourage you to really open your heart and have a truth moment between you and God. Do you trust Him? I mean really trust God enough to not be completely railroaded by life and all its twists and turns?
What’s holding you back or making you pause when people ask you how you’re doing? Are you playing the movie of all the bad situations going on instead of smiling while reminding yourself of how God is keeping you and yours through it all?
Choose to be intentional about what you respond to and how you respond. Choose to trust God even when you can’t make sense of any of it. Choose to pray and submit it all to the God who can keep you and grow you through life’s ride. Choose to smile and sincerely say, I’m Good!
Until next time,