From his lofty position, the judge narrowed his eyes, surveyed the courtroom, and said all lots some of the things I have waited a long time to hear. Promises and prayer requests were answered. With the crack of his gavel, I received public vindication.
Relieved and gratified, this momentous decision brought an end to a long battle. And yet it didn’t start my “happily ever after” as I kind of expected it to.
There are many things on my Life “To Do” list: Goals to accomplish, challenges to overcome, vindication to receive. Checking something off that list is a big deal. But I have a tendency to forget to celebrate and embrace those victories. When I slide right by the evidence of God’s provision in my life and focus on the things that haven’t happened yet, I miss something important.
Circumstances change. But God doesn’t.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
By perpetually looking to ever-shifting circumstances in my life to define me, fulfill me, or to give me purpose, I am like that guy who built a house on the sand. When storms come, things are going to get shaky.
Even answers to prayer come with challenges. That “perfect” job that is meant just for you might bring annoying co-workers. The “perfect” soul mate turns out to be not so perfect.
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis
We shouldn’t be surprised, then, when we don’t find that happily ever after in our life because we were made for somewhere else. There will always be an element of discontent, I think.
God promises to be with us in the storms. When difficult things buffet us, remembering what God has promised gives us a way through. In these hard places God has shown I can count on him. I need to remember all those answers to prayer and keep in mind what God has promised me.
There’s always some circumstance, person or event that will upset the happily ever after we sometimes strive for. But that’s not a reason to be discouraged. Because each challenge brings us to a decision: to rely on God and his promises or do it on our own. I’ve tried the “on my own” thing and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere good. Relying on God is not an easy choice, at least for me, because I have to trust him and relinquish control.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6
When I take the time to inventory how God has been with me in my darkest times, I turn my attention away from the unanswered portion of my story, the doors that have not opened yet, and allow myself to be in awe of how he has done what he said he would do.
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