Wednesday, November 9, 2011

To Get to Where I'm Going

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the calm

"No matter whose fault, God sends us through storms so we can land in a place we never would have otherwise." ~Beth Moore....

Oh, how many times I have cried out "Why am I having to go through this, God?!" and as time passed I was able to see that it was perfect.  Where I ended up in my life was JUST where I needed to be.  Now I do believe we often suffer in our lives because we make some terribly bad decisions... and sometimes those decisions just can't lead to something positive in our lives.  I also believe it's never too late to change the track we're on.  But those "bad decision" times are not what I'm talking about today.  I'm talking about the times in life when we're doing what we're supposed to be doing...we're being the faithful and true spouse, we're being a good parent, we're doing our job well, we're being an upstanding citizen and friend... and then suddenly the carpet is pulled out from under us.  THOSE are the times when we truly don't understand what's going on!  Afterall, we're doing what we're supposed to be things are supposed to run smoothly - RIGHT??  But sometimes that's just not the way it works out... and during those times it may be someone else's bad choices that are affecting our lives, or it may just be a change in course that we just don't understand.  But I'm telling you to hold on tight.  Seek God during those times and stay true to Him. {well, seriously seek God in all times!}  The changes might be scary, they might seem unfair, but when the storm calms down and everything falls into place you might find you are in a better place than before.  

I'm not a very flexible person.  I simply do not embrace change.  I like things just the way I like them.  I'm not exactly a person of habit - I just like my comfort zone.  But there have been more times than I could count that I have found my life in a total whirlwind... and honestly a lot of those times had nothing to do with bad decisions on my part.  As time has gone by (and maybe I've matured a bit) I've learned to just hold on...adapt to the changes.  Trust that God is in control and He is changing the course I'm on... and if HE is changing it, then it's got to be good for me.  

My advice for you is to always live your life truthfully...there really are no true secrets.  And when the storms come along, hold on tight.  Cry when you need to cry, laugh when you can find a way to laugh... but be patient and wait to see what is next in your life.  Don't hold on to the past that is changing because you may cheat yourself out of something totally awesome that you'd never have dared to dream for yourself!