I had a slight melt down this morning. I woke up tired. Very tired. I struggled through reading my devotional. I tried to pray, calling the names of friends dear to my heart that I know are going through…horrendously going through. I thought about the state of our country. That’s a heartache in itself. I thought, what kind of world are we leaving for our children? MY children? I touched on my own issues and circumstances…all of which I was feeling God just wasn’t moving fast enough. All of which I kind of asked “WHY GOD?”. *note: it was a very passive, whisperish “I’m not trying to be disrespectful, please don’t heap nothing else on me, I love you and respect you GOD” type why. And I wept. Recalling recent conversations, in which my friends wept, and I wept.
He led me to this verse:
Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called – 1 Corinthians 7:20
Where ever you are, He has you there for a reason, a purpose….even if He allowed your own hardheadedness to get you to your present state, when you repent and give Him control…it will still work out for you. You are graced for this, remember? You can read about that here. The Bible instructs us to be content where we are, and with what we have. Philippians 4:11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be [a] content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. Why can we be content? Because we know God is in control! Sometimes we need reminders. Sometimes we need pauses, and reflections…God has done so much, promised so much, come through on so much, He will see you through this.
For those who may be suffering in a hard season, who may not be able to stand perfectly tall right now, please remember that He requires faith, not perfection. Even the most seasoned Christian has stumbled, has had to practice faith, hurt to the point of “WHY?!”. Don’t think that you have failed so much, disappointed God so much, can’t get back up, or give up on your walk with Christ. Instead, ask God to help you to be content and endure this season, while remaining confident in Him, trusting Him. You can serve God, and please God, even in this. God can use you, even in this. I am a witness to that. Never did I think God would take the pain I endured, and use it as a tool to help others. Why not? Because pain is usually blinding. Think about it…you stub your toe…those first few seconds you can’t hear or see, right? You can’t see when you are hurting. But there is a God that you can trust in! Even in this! *insert the dancing emoji
Stay planted and rooted…and obedient, where He has you, and endure, trust, even when you don’t understand. Even when you cannot see the end. Even when you are so frustrated you want to throw up your hands. Remember, He promises to be with you. He promises to never leave you. He promises to rescue you. Just wait…