There are certain periods of life when things become rather bleak and gloomy. You could equate to a severe thunderstorm in the state of Kansas where there is an incredible amount of damage caused by high-winds, hail, and flash floods. For those of you living on the coast, then it’s much more easily equated to a hurricane or an earthquake. Regardless, of the illustration that works better for you; they all have one thing in common. These are forces of nature that WILL affect the environments that they occur within.
Lately I’ve been enduring the storms of life so to speak and to be honest, my approach to things has NOT been very Christ-centered at all. As soon as things began to look down, I took the burden upon myself and became very me-focused. I looked at everything that I had to accomplish, all of MY mistakes, MY hardships, etc…You get the picture; I became very selfish.
One of my friends at K-State recently tweeted this, “God does not use one greatly until He tests them deeply.” And I believe the Lord has been testing me over and over again over the course of this paster. Testing my patience, faith, and contentment over and over again!
Towards the beginning of this semester I made a statement that was something along the lines of, “Faith is easy to come by when things are going according to plan. REAL faith is revealed when things get tough. The question being: Will we rest in the Lord or will we behave as orphans without a Father?” Needless to say, the Lord has been putting my faith in this statement to the test and I haven’t had much of a passing grade up until now. The reality is that the Lord’s will is going to be done in any situation and us pulling our hair out when things do not go according to plan is not going to do any good. The Lord WILL provide us with everything we need in due time…
This is where things get exciting!…
Despite the crazy situation that I’ve been in, the Lord has continually used various people, songs, Scripture, and other resources to warm my heart and remind me that I am still loved and being taken care of. One example would be one of my closest friends back home, Jake Weakland aka J-Weazy from the Pearlescent Shepherds.(If you haven’t heard their music yet, then you’re MISSING OUT…http:/pearlescentshepherds.bandcamp.com) The other day, I was feeling particularly down and very stressed out and the Lord really used Jake to calm me down and turn my heart back to the cross while also reminding me of how incredibly loved and cared for I am. It was amazing!
The blessings don’t end there though…all of the stress of the past couple weeks has taken it’s toll on my ability to remember things like assignments. So I ended up missing a quiz for my Natural Disasters class, but it turns out that the lowest quiz grade will be DROPPED! Hallelujiah…immediately following this discovery I had another blessing come my way academically, which was just fantastic! THEN I met with a friend for coffee this afternoon after my classes and she said that she’d been praying about my financial situation, etc and that she was going to nominate me for a possible scholarship/award…I was speechless!
My point in writing about all of this is that I want to encourage everyone to realize the Lord will always take care of us in times of need and He knows EXACTLY what it is that we may need in any given situation. Sometimes our lives will get rough, but we must remember that the Lord knows what is best for us and will always be watching over us, so trusting in Him and resting in His perfect love is a much healthier response than stressing out to the point of being sick.
In the upcoming days and weeks as your life begins to seem gloomy and the storms of this life approach the threshold of your sanity, I plead with you to look for those random rays of sunshine that the Lord places in our lives daily that are often taken for granted. The Lord’s blessings are numerous and often quickly forgotten. God is good ALL THE TIME(remember this simple truth)!