Life can be so sweet and rosy when everything is in place and smooth sailing. You’ve got a job, a business, family, friends and everything is perfect. “Nothing could go wrong,” you thought to yourself. But suddenly life shows us it’s other side and yanks out everything that made it so sweet. We are left wondering where to go, what to do, how to do it and everything seems to be rushing in at us from all sides. Deep sadness, stress, anxiety, depression and sometimes suicidal thought creeps in. We conjure up the worst case scenarios in our head and cry our selves to sleep. To top it all, God seems silent and he’s not saying anything despite our numerous cries and questions. Not. One. Single. Answer.
So what do we do when we find ourselves in such life situations?
I don’t have it all figured out, I wished I did so I could wiggle out of it all myself. However, I just want to take the time to share some words with you and encourage you today. See I have learned that change is the only constant thing in life. And life is not always going to play out the way we planned and envision it to be. So, we’ve got to grow and growth isn’t always fun. I believe that the Lord God Almighty has a purpose and plan for each of our lives even if you don’t feel like he does or you think God is done with you. It’s a good thing that feelings are just feelings, thoughts are just thoughts and not the truth.
So for God to get us living in His purpose for our lives, we’ve all got to grow. And growth occurs best in the dark places, the difficult situations, we are forced out of our comfort zone and we run and rely on God. Ask the seeds, they most likely don’t like been buried under the soil, but they understand that in order to grow, become a plant or a tree and bear fruits (which is their purpose, which is also ours – John 15), they’ve got to be buried first and go through the growth process.
Again, I understand that left to us, we don’t want any of these. We just want our normal, routine, ordinary life back with or without fruits (We don’t care). But in that case, we should have never been born because that is just a waste of space on earth. Many times, I think we (including myself) forget that we didn’t create ourselves, so we can’t just expect the creator to keep watching us not doing what He created us to do. Though He is a gentleman and he won’t force us to do things. He has given us free-wills. But as a loving father, he doesn’t just folds his arms and watch us waste away.
Imagine how the creator of a car will feel if he sees the car he took the time to create not being used but just parked in the comfort of a closed garage. The creator will be super frustrated and most likely scream, “MOVE! Move, car! You were created to move and transport people. Yes, you will have to leave the comfort of this garage, hit some bumps on the way, get dirt from mud and dust on the way, get some wear/tears here and there, need servicing and maintenance. But, dear car, that is what you were created for.”
Same way, while we will choose our life of comfort, God, our creator yearns to see us doing and living a life of purpose. God is saying to us, “Grow up, my Child!” It’s going to be hard, you will feel abandoned, God might feel silent but I want you to know that He is there with you each and every step of the way.
We all need to grow, the days of being babies in Christ, living purposeless lives and living in dysfunctional comfort are over. And when life happens and yanks out those sweet moments, please don’t see it as an obstacle and quit it all, rather see it as an opportunity for growth.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! – 2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT
Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing – James 1: 2-4
Dear Eternal Family, Let’s keep walking the growth process with God. Allow Him to keep pruning you and abide in Him each day.
Hang in there and keep growing.
A life of purpose awaits you.
God Bless You.
You are Eternally Loved.