Take a moment to look at your life right now. What is your current situation? I don’t mean what are you doing at this exact moment or even where you might be. I want you to really look at bigger picture.
Some of you are hurting. Maybe, some of you are upset, overwhelmed, frustrated, tired. And some of you ladies might actually be totally depressed and filled with anxiety and fear. You might not have a job right now or are losing a battle with cancer. Many of you might not be where you thought you would be as part of your “10-year plan”. There might be a few of you who don’t have a car, a house, enough money in your account to pay your bills. Whatever your current situation is in life there is nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that God cannot bring you out of.For a very long time in my life I believed that as soon as something went wrong or when things became too difficult that it wasn’t God’s plan. I was told by someone that “If it was God’s will than things wouldn’t be this hard. He would never want you to live like that.” So, naturally when things got hard I would stop and go a different direction. I would change what I was doing in order to change what I was going through. Or at least try to. I also grew up living by “God will never give you more than you can handle.” That was my life motto for the longest time!
But you know something? I don’t believe those things anymore. One, because why would we be exempt from going through trials and tribulations if Jesus wasn’t? How can we live our life saying “things aren’t easy enough so it must not be of God.” When in fact, Jesus was mocked, ridiculed, betrayed, beaten and eventually crucified! Do you think that He lived an easy life?? NO! I mean the Bible tells us we will face trials and hardships in this life plan and clear!! “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
But we have become so adapt to this society where all everyone cares about is being happy that the second something comes into our lives and makes us feel anything but, we do what we can so we no longer feel uncomfortable. I believe it is in the middle of life’s difficulties we find ourselves. We discover what is really important and who truly matters. We become stronger, more faith-filled and we learn to accept that even when our lives become difficult, God is still with us.
Second, if God didn’t allow us to go through things we couldn’t handle then we surely wouldn’t need his help for anything. Think about it for a second. If we were granted the luxury of never facing hardships that we couldn’t handle than why would we need a Savior? I believe that God allows us to come face to face with circumstances He knows for a fact we can’t handle in order to bring us to our knees and the realization that WE NEED HIM! Honestly, as a mother there are days where I have no strength in me what so ever. I feel like the only thing I can do is fall face down in my bed and sleep for about 20 years! Haha. But seriously, if it wasn’t for those “I just don’t have it in me” moments then I would keep doing everything on my own and not even think about asking God for His help. It is in those moments where I can keep going ONLY because of God.
Look at it this way. In life you learn some of your most meaningful lessons during hardships, failures and traumas. Usually you don’t leave a birthday party with a life lesson in your pocket. (Hopefully you do get a candy bag though!) Haha. Most of the time we gain some type of wisdom after going through pain, hurt, suffering, losing a loved one.
It’s quite beautiful really. You see Jesus died on that cross for us. For you, me, the person who might annoy the heck out of you and even the person on the corner selling flowers or newspapers. He gave His life so that we may live a life of sacrifice for others. When we face seasons that feel like they will never end, we become vulnerable. We become weak. We are brought to a place of complete brokenness. And that is when God’s work shines the brightest. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distress, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”2 Corinthians 12:9-11
If that is any of you beautiful women out there, please know that it’s okay to not be where you dreamt. It’s okay to not have what you see everyone around you having. It’s okay to not look like the rest of the world. It is okay to be in the middle of a season where you feel broken.
Press into the Lord. Cry to Him every morning and every night if you need to. Never be ashamed of what you are going through because there are so many other ladies going through the same thing and need to know that it’s okay to be in an “ugly” season. I am telling you, the outcome will be BEAUTIFUL.
Just like you.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through fires, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3
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