The more I grow in Faith, the more I realize that just because something horrible or heartbreaking happens does not mean that God is mad at me or punishing me. It does not mean that He loves me any less than the next guy.
I think a lot of times people spend their time glorifying the good days – the days when the sunny rays are touching your soul in the warmest way and the edge of your smile reaches the ceiling. But I want to spend time appreciating the gloomy days as well.
Let’s put this into perspective: when was the best day of your life? Why? Whatever your reasoning, it dwindles down to God showing up that day. (Essentially because everything good comes from the Big Guy Himself). But guess what!!! God shows up everyday. He shows not only in the sunlight but also in the shadows. He is there on the days where the rain is pouring and you don’t want to leave your bed. He is there when absolutely nothing is going your way and everyone you make contact with is getting on your last nerves. He’s always there, it’s just a matter of whether we choose to see Him or not.
And if we didn’t have those moody days, then what would we think of the bright and colorful ones? If we never lost patience, we would never seek God for it. If we never had storms, we wouldn’t appreciate the sunny rays. If we never faced setbacks, we would never face comebacks. Without obstacles, there is no growth. Overcoming these barriers sometimes means stumbling. When you stumble, you either fall and give up, or you fall and get back up stronger than before. Key word: stronger. Because of that “disadvantage” of falling down, we are able to gain strength to get back up and do it all over again. Or get back up and realize that whatever it is, is not meant for you.
When you fall, reach for God’s hand. Don’t be afraid to reach for God’s hand and ask Him to guide you and give you strength to get through your trial. He already knows it all like the back of His hand. He knows what you’re thinking, what you’re going through, what you’re going to do next, so it makes it much more easier when you trust Him with your life and hand it over to Him. God knew you were going to fall – and some may bite back with, “then why didn’t he prevent that?” The truth is, God isn’t a genie in a bottle. He doesn’t grant your wishes whenever you want Him to. He also isn’t a witch. He doesn’t cast spells on you as punishment. God is your Creator. But even more importantly, He is your Father. He cares for you and gives you exactly what you need in order to become the person He wants you to be, in His perfect timing. That’s right, HIS. Not yours. Not your significant others. Not your parents. Not anyone else’s but His. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He wants whats best for us, always. He never has turned His back on us. He definitely does not sit back and love to watch us struggle. It hurts Him a million times more when we hurt. so trust Him.
God is preparing you for something greater than you could ever anticipate. This trial you may be going through is just a stepping stone to exactly where you are meant to be. This heartache, failure, discouragement, barrier, whatever you are going through, is going to be SO worth it. You can’t have a testimony without a test. I encourage whoever is reading this to truly believe this, to remember that God is not the bad guy, He is our best friend and He cares for our well being and success immensely. Seek God in your struggle. When you find it hardest to trust God is when you need Him in your life the most.
Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us.”