How are you, friend? Blessings to you in Christ!
At some point, I think we have all wondered why we were where we found ourselves. Maybe you’re there now. It seems natural to be unsettled when we feel uncomfortable, confused, or useless. Sometimes moments, experiences, or seasons don’t make sense … at the time.
One thing I’ve found is that God is always working. He has a grand plan and is constantly advancing His purpose. You might be at home with the kids, on the job, caring for aging parents, heading a church ministry, or volunteering in the community. The times ebb and flow, but God’s sovereignty does not. His purpose for you remains.
I love God’s wisdom and patience because He sees and knows infinitely more than we do. What we find boring, He makes useful. When we think ‘pointless,’ He creates meaning. And where we fall short and complain and wonder, He reminds us that He is always with us, molding and using us.
Have you seen that in your life? You walked through something tough and were able to comfort another in a similar position. You learned a random skill and ended up really needing it later. You never thought much about such and such a time, but years down the road you started to understand.
God did that with me just this week. I recently returned from a semester abroad and experienced all the emotions that go along with that. How scary to fly for hours and arrive on another continent! How invigorating to walk into a new culture bursting with vibrant sights and sounds! How touching to connect with locals and cultivate precious friendships! And then how sad to leave, uncertain of when or if you’ll return to see them.
I lived it once and now I can relate to that experience. The Lord then allowed me to walk through it with a dear friend, a foreign exchange student who had spent the past ten months in our local church, high school, and community before returning to Germany.
There was no way I would have been able to truly empathize with her without having done the same thing myself. Not that I ever questioned the purpose of my time away, but I certainly recognized God’s hand in that situation.
I’m sure you’ve known a time like that too. It only reminds me of God’s kindness toward us in orchestrating events, strengthening us to do His work, and permitting us to enjoy the fruit of the harvest, time and time again.
God’s Provision: Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” He consistently and most assuredly works in all of our moments, experiences, and seasons.
Word of the Week: Okay. I’ve been saying this quite a bit lately. You’re going to be okay. It’s okay! We’re going to be okay. I don’t know what the future holds, for good or bad, but I know you and I are going to be alright! Why? Because our God holds us, He’s in control, and He’s always on the move—for our good!