Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (NIV)
Here is the very harsh reality of being a Christian. It sometimes sucks. Honestly.
I love My Lord and I will serve him, but this choice comes with cost. It is hard and there is but one certainty; a life lived in complete devotion to honor God in all you do gives eternal life in heaven. You will not find a single passage that says making the choice to follow Christ will be an easy path or safe. In fact, Jesus warns us that this will be a life of trial and tribulation. Persecution will come.
Growing up I always heard, “there is a reason for everything that happens.” That may be, but I have come to hate it when people tell me this after revealing a particularly hard situation that just feels impossible. So, I decided that I will not use this phrase with anyone who takes comfort in me with their troubled heart. I decided that I would listen and not try to solve, I would be a shoulder or a friend and not be the answer to their dilemma.
Contrary to what many believe, I do not have the answers to much at all. I don’t even have the answers to my own hardships. I can’t be expected to know what to say or do in someone else’s walk. I have found that there is but one Person who has the answers and they are rarely revealed until after we have moved passed the hurt of the situation.
I don’t know why you have lost those babies that were placed within your womb’s. I don’t know why your family member, who has had such an intimate relationship with our Father, got the call that they have cancer and won’t live long. I don’t know why Christians are persecuted in the middle east or why ISIS attacks at every corner. I don’t understand imprisonment for a personal relationship with God. I just don’t have the answers.
My heart weeps for you and those who are hurting for reasons beyond our understanding. I have things in my own life that I will never be able to comprehend until I enter heaven one day and am able to ask Jesus as I walk by his side. And, even then, I will no longer care why I went through all this. I will never know the answer to unnecessary pain.
Ladies, we live in such a fallen world. We are part of the future of this planet; it will come to an end. Here is what I try to focus on to always remember that though I walk through the vale o the shadow o death…my purpose, no matter what situation I face, while I am granted one more day is to glorify God in all I do. Right where I am. Homeschooling. Cooking. Praying. Volunteering. Whatever it is that I am doing, I must do it to bring glory to God and know that all that I walk through is for His understanding and reach even just one more life. It isn’t the number of people who come to know God through you that matters, but that you did all you could to reach even just one.
Do you see how you can make such an impact when you change the way you choose to look at the world around you? God’s perspective. He is our King. We live to serve Him and Him alone. How are you living to glorify God right where you are? Are you mothering small children? Are you homeschooling your brood? Are you singing with the worship team? Serving with the homeless shelter? Being a friend to the friendless? Do you see your impact yet?
My Lord, I lose sight of my purpose because of selfish gain. I want to know Your plans for me and ask why most of the time, but I need to be reminded that it isn’t always for me to know. I just ask that you guide the path I am on and in whatever You bring for me to do, may I do it with a glad heart to honor You. I am Your servant; Your vessel. Do with my life as you please. Amen.