Do you ever ask “WHY?”
Why did this or that happen? … Why is that person stricken with an illness…that may take their life? … Why doesn’t this person or that person like me? … Why did God provide this job over that job? … Why live in this city instead of that city?
You get the idea! And probably have your own list of WHY’s. We all do.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wrote on Sunday…how God plans for us. My friend “D” was telling me once about a situation that they were dealing with. She had been talking to her aunt about it and her aunt said something very profound,
if we knew the (His) plan, we’d mess it up.
“D” went on to say that, in retrospect, she knew her aunt was right! She shared that she had wanted to help God out.
“Imagine that?”, she said. “Us feeling the need to help God!” Then she reminded me that our Heavenly Father loves us and provide the best…HIS BEST…even when we doubt! Isn’t that good news.
Earlier this year, I read Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson. In the book, Sally delves into what it means to live intentionally. She talks of bringing order to chaos – and couldn’t we all use some order! She shares her own life experiences in a way to help the reader see that God is, in fact, in control. My favorite quote in the book is this:
No matter what we are going through. No matter where we are. God is in control! That is a blessing and just pure refreshment to my soul. And even better news is that I can’t mess it up!!
So what do I need to do in the midst of difficult days, OR while perched in difficult places, OR knee-deep in difficult circumstances?
I trust. Isaiah 26:3 is a favorite verse. You may know it, but I just have to share because someone surely needs this encouragement from the Lord.
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts You.
Trusting is hard. Especially when nothing seems to be going right. I have to remember that it might not be going “right” in my mind, but God doesn’t goof. He’s got it! No matter how big or small “it” is.
Do you know that things not going our way are sometimes the best places to see the goodness and mercy of the Lord? Writer and founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa Terkeurst, says “Sometimes our greatest disappointments today will set us up for God’s greatest appointments tomorrow.”
Profound words. Valuable words.
Let me clarify that I’m not in any way disappointed with the path that God has taken me on. I’ve been surprised because…well, I had my life planned and…..well, He had other plans. There have been things that have happened over the years that were disappointing but ultimately, I can see God’s hand. Sometimes it’s hindsight – which I can testify really is 20/20!
Joy to You!