Friday, May 2, 2014

When It's One Thing After Another

Do you ever have a week where you feel like bad or frustrating things happen one right after the other? That has been the last month for me. Before I sound melodramatic, a lot of great things have happened as well. Yet there have been many difficulties, it seems, in comparison to previous months. This week, another frustration was added to the list, and I was discouraged. Inside I wasn't doubting God, but I couldn't help but say to Him, What do You have planned in all of this? I know there's a purpose, but I'm feeling a little lost.

When things go from bad to worse, it's easy to think that God is far away; that He hasn't noticed things are tough for you; that He's left you to fend for yourself. But that's a lie straight from the enemy, and God is more involved in the details of your life than you could ever imagine. I feel like I quote this all the time (which isn't a bad thing), but the truth is so powerful:

"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: 
those who are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

For those of us that know Christ, we can rest in this reality. God is working all things - right now - together for our good: the pleasant, the sorrowful, the ugly, the annoying, the disappointing, and the hard. That's one of the many things I love about Jesus. He was tested in every way that we are tested (Hebrews 4:15), so He understands how we feel when we face difficulties. We are victorious in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37). So if you're having a rough day, week, month, or year, hang in there! God isn't finished, and I'm certain we'll both be able to look back on this difficult period of our lives and clearly see how His hand was moving in the grand plan.

"Be strong and courageous; don't be terrified or afraid...For it is the 
Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you." 
-Deuteronomy 31:6