Just Be Still and Trust
Life has a funny way of knocking us down and keeping us down. Punch after punch. Kick after kick. And we don't know how much more we can take. So we cry out. We pray with tears streaming down our faces. We beg and plead to have God take the pain away.
And He does. God has a way of lifting us up. He provides in ways that we never thought He would. He answers our prayers more then we can see every single day. He tells you and I that everything will be alright and we need to trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5 says " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
Let that sink in for a second.
Once you have, think about this. We as humans want so badly to control our lives. We want things to go our way right now. We want the pain to go away. We want our plan we have so engrained into our mind to be that plan our life sticks to. We want rainbows, sunshine, and happy endings.
But life isn't perfect. And rainbows don't happen without storms blowing through first.
God has a plan for your life. And it is so hard to see that plan. Sometimes things happen to knock you down a few notches. It's a terrible feeling, but trust me when I say getting knocked down and your plan changing before your eyes is so you will put that much more faith into God providing for you.
Something happened to my family and I recently, and although I'm not ready to talk about it yet, all I know is that the plan I envisioned in my mind wasn't the plan God set out for me. This specific event took place because it was apart of my journey on this Earth. And someday soon I will talk about it because I know I'm meant to. I know this event happened because God is trying to connect me in some way to others, and this had to happen because I was strong enough to see that God is working in me in a way I never wanted Him to, but He needs to.
So I hear you God.
Psalm 34:18 says "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Does this not describe how we all have felt at a time in our lives? When everything seems to be crumbling at our feet. Instead of leaning on ourselves and making sure we stand up straight and are strong, we need to give it to God.
I am not strong without God. I am nothing without Him.
I don't understand why things happen the way they do. I want so badly to understand this life that has been chosen for me. I want to understand why I've gone through the things I have and what is to come in the future. But I won't ever understand and the future? Well that's to be determined.
In the meantime I'm clinging to the fact that God does indeed keep His promises. We have to remember that so much. We have to remember that God knows the plans He has for us, like Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." And if that verses doesn't tell you everything you need to know about the future, then I don't know what will.
So while life may seem to drag you down, just remember to keep your faith. Keep waking up everyday. Keep pushing along. Keep telling yourself you got this and so does God. There are certain things you learn while going through a storm, and while I don't know the answers, I do know that after a storm passes there's an amazing rainbow at the end of it you don't want to miss.
Today, just give it to God. Your worries, your fears, your thoughts of the future, YOUR PLAN-give it to God. If you're in the midst of a storm, do not be afraid, the storm will pass in time, and you'll see everything in a different light once it does. The storm is meant to make you not break you, and we all need to remember that.