A fellow blogger i follow posted a quote today by Lemony Snicket, which you should check out by clicking on the link below.
It got me thinking. My thoughts were directly related to the fact that life has most definitely not gone the way i had hoped or dreamed (for the past four months most recently; the past two years in reality).
If i’m honest, i always imagined my life looking completely different this year in my 2015 daydreams. Now that i see it the way it is when i look at myself in the mirror, it causes me to be too easily liable to depression, frustration, anger, and any handful of other more sinful vices.
“I didn’t ask for this,” i scream into my pillow at night. “I expected to have a family, a physical ministry (instead of online), a career.” Instead, i still live with my parents, blog happily here while occasionally preaching at my church, and work seasonal jobs to pay the bills.
It is easy to look at my plate called life and yell at the Waiter, “I didn’t order this!” And too often that is exactly what i do.
The fact of the matter is that the Waiter is God. And much like I posted yesterday,
it says something about the greatness of our God when we read the following in 8:1, “Yahweh said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged.'” I am careful to highlight our historian’s use of God’s personal, covenant name here, because in the midst of fear, God Himself comes to comfort the leader of His people.
God always comforts His people in times of hardship. This is exactly what we read in the middle of Paul’s letter to the Romans. “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).
This means that when “life” throws me “garbage,” it is really God giving me things that are ultimately good. Even if they seem currently like the farthest thing from good, He will use it for my good eventually. I can trust that.
Even though it is not my plan to be single at 26, my plan to still live with my parents, my plan to be career-less, i know that in the long run it will be clear that it really was the perfect plan. God is in control. I must trust Him more each and every day.
Perhaps you’re reading this, and you’re thinking the same thing. Perhaps you don’t understand why your life is going the way it is. Perhaps the stuff that is forced before your eyes as you scroll through Facebook makes you wonder if there is anything more to life.
Let me tell you that there absolutely is! It is what i have dedicated this site to. Jesus Christ. And His Love. You see, He came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again to make you right with God. Believe today! He is calling you to His purpose. Trust Him now!
Maybe that’s the exact reason why you stumbled across this post today; you needed a relationship with God. There’s no better good anything can work out for than to be saved by God from your sins.
In this walk with you.
Soli Deo Gloria
PS. Thank you, Zarah, at thememoirofawriter.com, for the Lemony Snicket quote today.