Choosing to endure what God places in front of you is not always easy but it is what we need to learn the lesson He is trying to show us.
“He wants us in a relationship where He is so easily our Master and Teacher that we have no conscious awareness of it— a relationship where all we know is that we are His to obey.” – Oswald Chambers
What a life that would be if we were able to truly have such a relationship with God. The kind where we are so oblivious to what is going on around us or if we didn’t care what the outcome of being obedient actually was. A relationship where we are so in love with our Creator that all we want to do is obey because it is what pleases Him. In the 26 years of my life I have seen and experienced NUMEROUS types of “love”. But none have ever come close to the love that God has for His children. I have seen friends be with guys that would completely tear them down verbally and friends who were with guys that did more than that…. But yet these girls stayed because that is what they really thought love was. I used to think “Why don’t they just leave?!” or “She’s dumb for staying with him.” Until I was in one of “those” relationships myself. Fresh out of High School I moved away from my family to be with a guy I really thought I would be able to change, and we would get married and live happily ever after. And boy I had never been so wrong in my life before. It was like living on cloud 9 for the first month or so and after that my whole world was turned upside down. Verbal abuse was just the start and it truly is only by the grace of God that I was able to get out of there. I never really appreciated all the things that my parents had done for me before. That is until they drove 8 hours in extreme winter weather to come and pick me up. I share this with you because this past weekend I have learned to appreciate the love Christ has shown me. I have seen what my life could be like without Him. I realized that my husband is exactly who the Lord designed just for me. And last but not least, I have accepted the fact that just because we/others are Christians does not mean we are not capable of hurting the ones we love the most. I feel like now and days a lot of Christians have this mindset that certain things would never happen in their relationship because they serve a good God. WRONG! Because we serve a good God there needs to be some type of bad in order for us to differ the two. Right or wrong? If nothing bad ever happened why would we need a Savior in the first place? If we didn’t face situations that tested our faith than there would be no need to cry out to the Lord when we needed Him the most. We would literally live a life completely and totally for ourselves not even knowing what sacrifice or tribulations were. We would be selfish, inconsiderate and weak. I believe that God allows us to go through certain situations to make us stronger. I believe that He constantly gives us what we cannot handle because it causes us to depend on Him fully. I believe that every darkened storm has a light in the morning. We just never know how long that storm may last. As many of you know and have heard it before,
“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (nkjv)
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9 (nkjv)
Because my God has spoken these words I will continue to hold fast to them. I will continue to believe each and every one because even though I may have felt pain, God was still there. Even though I turned my back, He never left. And even in my darkest times He still protected me. I will choose to endure the storm that comes before the morning light.
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