Letting go can be one of the most difficult things you get to do in this life. Whether it’s your past, a bad relationship, or that dream job you’ve always wanted — it’s not easy. However, in order for God to move on your behalf, it is necessary.
What a short, yet profoundly powerful word. Trust implies rest. Trust implies security. Trust implies safety and contentment.
“You can’t win them all.” Ever hear that? I have, and I hate it. Not only do I want to do it all, but I want to do it all perfectly. So is there a reason God gives us limitations?
As I was having lunch with a very good friend of mine a few days ago, the conversation merged into a very interesting topic – unanswered prayers. While we were sharing our thoughts it just happened that both of us are/ have been struggling with the question, “why God, why?”
At the end of our lunch date, as I was on my way home, the story of Job came to my mind. A man who lost everything. His possessions, his children and his health. Yet he remained faithful to God, even when his wife encouraged him to curse God and die.
Many of us have been in situations of pain and agony where we start asking tons of questions. Why? How? Why did God allow this to happen? Unfortunately, there are questions that we will never get an answer to. However, one thing I do know for a fact is that when we hold on to God, He restores us and makes new. Each time I read the story of Job it moves me. I wonder to myself, “would I have kept my integrity intact as Job did?” Something I think each one of us should ask ourselves.
We may never truly understand why God allows certain things to happen. But one thing we can be sure of is that He will always be there to strengthen us, to comfort us, and to give us His peace — a peace that surpasses all human understanding. His promises never fail. After everything Job went through, God blessed the latter part of his life more than the former part. God gave him more than he could have ever imagined.
And if not, He is still good
In conclusion, my friend added: “even though I don’t understand why God allows certain things to happen, I wouldn’t have survived it all without Him. He’s been good to me.” I couldn’t agree more.
With all this being said, I encourage you to hold on to His promises. This life will bring us pain and sorrow, it’s inevitable. However, God will always work all things together for our good if we allow Him to do so. He will never leave us nor forsake us. So regardless of our unanswered prayers and our million and one questions, He is still good and forever faithful. Always was and always will be!
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When was the last time you were faced with a big challenge? Did you think that you would be able to overcome it? Sometimes we are faced with a challenge and we don’t understand why we are faced with it, but its a test… a test of our faith. What do you do when faced with a tough decision do you go to God and ask for His help and for Him to help you understand what you need to do? Or do you think about just giving up? It easy to throw our hands up and give up but one thing that happens is after going through that hard situation, something amazing happens that shows how God is awesome and He will take care of us.
There is so much we can learn from Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She is often in the background but when we see her in scripture, she makes bold impacts! For example, when you think of the first miracle of Jesus do you think of Mary? Probably not…but her role was vital! It was her faith and trust in Jesus that lead to the miracle! She gave Him the opportunity to step in and fix a problem and we can do the same thing in our lives, leading to miraculous results!
How many times have you been on that road trip and the directions are telling you to turn left at the fork in the road but you are thinking that one of your girlfriends told you that going right was quicker? Do you turn left because you actually took the time to print off the directions before you left home and your GPS is telling you to turn left, or do you trust that your friend would know because she has been that route dozens of times? Perhaps you are just going to sit right in the middle of the fork in the road and hope that after all the cars zoom by there will be a big neon sign that reads, “THIS WAY.”
Almost exactly one year ago, I moved back into the house I grew up in. It was my Mawmaw’s house. It had a tin roof that had rusted and been replaced in mismatched sheets of metal. The walls were lined in burgundy and hunter green wallpaper. Glass cherub figurines adorned every vacant shelf and surface.
Can you see it?
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Have you ever tried to put a baby to sleep and then leave the room? Whether you’re a mom, an older sibling or child care provider, you can probably relate to the following:
- Child falls asleep peacefully in your arms after rocking, singing, feeding, bouncing, etc.
- Child is transitioned to crib.
- Child immediately wakes up after realizing you have abandoned them in their slumber
- Begin steps 1-3 again until child falls asleep.
I’m always there
I have two children; both horrible sleepers unless they are snuggled up next to me. The ironic part of the whole, agonizing process of putting them to sleep is that I never really leave them. I’m always there, hovering, watching, checking their breathing, making sure they’re not too warm or not too cold. Even when I’m in another room, I’m obsessively checking the baby monitor, listening to every subtle sound. The child doesn’t understand that. They think they are completely alone because they don’t see us or feel our warm bodies. They don’t understand that their bodies need rest, sweet slumber and that we are doing what is best for them.
Focus on the Provider
So much like our relationship with God. There we are, crying and carrying on, complaining that we want our Father. We yell that we can’t hear Him. We yell that we want out of our situation or that we know our own needs.
If we were just quiet for a moment, we might actually sense His presence. We might understand that He never leaves or forsakes us. We may feel His breath in the breeze or hear a quiet whisper in our hearts. Instead of focusing on our problems, we might focus on the Provider, understanding He knows what is best, and knows our needs even before we do.
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Have you been brought to a place in your life that feels like a mountain and you know you just don’t have the courage to climb it?