The majority of my pain comes from my own expectations. Especially when I believe that something should have happened differently than it happened. All it takes is one moment of doubt for the enemy is get in my head. He pounces on my doubts and fears until they multiply. The bigger they become the smaller my God seems to me in my mind. If I’m not careful, I will start thinking that my problem is too big for God to handle.
While God has a plan for our lives, He doesn’t share His plan with us all at once. If we could see all the hardships and obstacles that we will have to overcome in our lifetime, then it would be too overwhelming for us. Therefore, He only gives us what we need when we need it. Just because we can only see a fraction of our lives doesn’t mean that God can’t see it all. He knows everything that will ever happen to us. And He also knows how to help us.
It is so important for me to remember this truth. Sometimes life moves in an unexpected way. We all experience pain, loss, and disappointments. While these things often catch us unaware, God is very aware of what has happened to us, what is happening to us, and what will happen to us. Nothing is beyond His reach.
The truth is that I feel so small. When the storms of life rage, I do become afraid. As the enemy makes a lot of noise, it’s hard for me to stand still and wait on the Lord. It’s hard for me to kneel down and pray when the storm is raging all around me. It’s hard for me to wait on the Lord when I can’t see Him working in a big way.
But, in my heart, I know that He is in complete control.
During these times, it is so important for me to keep my eyes open and to search for His blessings. If I stand still, I can see His hand in it all. I can see my God in the little things as well as the big. We often miss the hand of God working because we are so absorbed in the problem that we can’t see His blessings.
I love it when He reveals Himself to me in the midst of my storm. When I’m overwhelmed and fearful and He speaks His peace to my soul. The storms of life are going to come upon us. We can resist what is happening and even try to get away from it, or we can lean into it and to Him.
Each trial has a purpose. God handpicks each one to mold us into the person that He wants us to become. He gives us each experience to teach us how to do His great work. Without our hardships, we wouldn’t be as humble or have as much compassion for others. When we’ve overcome our own storms, then we know how to help others do the same.
We all have kindness, love, and compassion inside of us that someone in the world needs.
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