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Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.
God is awesome! His love is unfailing and unconditional. His grace is sufficient. His strength is all that I need. His mercies are new every morning.
I have learned that with every sunrise and sunset, God IS in control of EVERYTHING!
I have learned that tomorrow is not something I ever have to worry about again because He is already there. He knows the outcome of every situation and that EVERYTHING is going to be OK!
Nothing has happened that His plan did not include. He is surprised by nothing that has taken place even when I am speechless at the absurdity of the ignorance of humanity.
He knows the choices we all will make and already has a plan set into motion as to how each will be resolved in a way that He will get all glory, honor and praise. He is AMAZING that way because He IS God!!
But it is not true! It is because of His indescribable love that you are NOT getting what you want because it is not what is best for you in this moment.
Until you reach a place where the only thing you cannot live without is Jesus, you will never be able to appreciate anything else in this world.
This is my experience. Not something I have read in a Bible but something I have experienced.
I have tasted the love and joy of my Father and I do NOT ever want to be without it. EVER.
I prayed and asked Him for this kind of experience and He allowed me to experience the trials and tribulations needed in order to bring me to this place. Truly, I would not have chosen this path for myself but He knew what it would take to “break” my will so that I could know Him in a more intimate way. He knew what I needed. HE allowed me to make my own choices and mistakes but He loved me through it all and used each wrong turn in the road as a way to draw me closer to Him.
It is indescribable the journey I have taken but I discovered more about God and life in the past five years of my life than I did the thirty-three before. I would not change where I have been. I would not change the experiences I have gone through because without each of them, I would have never met the Jesus I know today.