Through the Storm

Do you ever feel as if nothing is going your way? You can plan, pray, and hope for the best but suddenly everything comes crashing down around you?

This has been my life for the past couple months. It all started around Christmas time when we had plans to go do something fun but then the money didn’t come through. That put a damper on things but what really kicked off what I called, “the worst month of my life,” was when my sweet cat Moe died. We moved to South Carolina a little under two years ago and it got really lonely. Moe really became my best friend while my husband and I worked opposite shifts. After that we had a little over $3,000 in unexpected expenses. Just like that all my plans for the coming months were gone.

I began to drown in self pity. I thought to myself, how is anyone supposed to make it? Is this how life is going to be forever? Then one night, as I was crying myself to sleep after what felt like the 100th time we received bad news, I really felt the Lord nudge me. I stopped crying when I suddenly remembered I was sleeping on a $1,000 mattress. Like, how ungrateful could I be?!

You see, in the midst of everything that went wrong God took care of us. It may not have gone the way I wanted but I am blessed. I still have everything I need and a little more. How can I complain and get mad when things could be so much worse; when I know no matter what I am going to be okay?

So instead of calling the past couple months, “the worst time of my life,” I look back and see God’s blessing. I see a lesson learned. Life happens, storms come and go, and it is our choice how we respond to them. We can come out of the storm stronger or we can choose to let it defeat us.

Gods got you. He hasn’t left you and never will. Our choice is whether or not we’ll lean into Him or lean away. So whatever your going through right now remember that everything is going to be okay; your going to be okay. You don’t have to simply survive, you can grow into a stronger version of yourself. Look up, lean into Jesus, and keep moving forward.

“Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.” 1 Peter 5:9-10

Photo by Scott Van Hoy

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