GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS.

There have been countless times in my life where I have found myself hesitating to ask God certain questions because I had a feeling his answer was not what I wanted to hear. I know his ways are greater and better than mine, but at the time I don’t think I believed in that promise. You see, there is a huge difference in “knowing something to be true” and “believing something to be true.” We can know everything possible, but it takes believing and having faith in it that determines our mindset and actions.

I have deliberatly turned away from answers that I was searching for because I simply did not like the answer. I thought my way was better and more beneficial for me. Little did I know my own actions hurt me the most. I’ve come to learn (and trust me, I still have a lot of learning to do) that God isn’t going to take away something from you without giving you something bigger and greater in return to you.

I love this picture for so many different reasons and when I saw it for the first time I couldn’t help but think “This is exactly what I have done and who I am.” I am sure many of you can relate to this, not knowing what the future may hold so you want to hold on for dear life onto what you have now. Thinking this is the best I will ever get, which is small minded thinking. Believing in God takes great faith and trust especially when it comes to gifts he will bless you with. The only ones who can hinder the opportunity for God to bless you, is you. If you are holding on so tight to something, but asking God for more, it is up to you to let go and trust in Him to fulfill his promises to you.

THE UNEXPECTED.

What do you do when the unexpected happens.

When you don’t make the team you tried out for. You may fail your exam you needed to pass the class. You loose your job. You find out you are infertile. Your relationship crumbles into pieces….

AND you find yourself stuck in this rut. You find yourself confused and overwhelmed at the fact that you are now stuck in a place of “where do I go from here?”

I’m sure you have been there at least once in your life and if you haven’t, you will. God didn’t promise us an easy, perfect, smooth sailing life. Honestly, you wouldn’t grow as a person if you didn’t walk through those valleys.

John 16:33 –
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I have to remind myself of this verse more often than you’d think. A set back or an interruption in your plan for life may be what you need to reset your mindset. Your life and plan is controlled by God, not you. While yes, your decisions and choices are made by you because we were given free will, but your future and plans are in the palm of his hand. Think of it this way, God knows better than we do. We would be arrogant to think otherwise. God gives us those interruptions in life or set backs to put us in check. When we are faced with this situation, we should be changing our mindset FROM “Why is this happening to me? I know everything and I have my own plans” TO “God is the creator of the universe and I know his plans are greater than my own understanding. Lord your will be done and not my own.”

We aren’t always going to know or understand why things happen whether they are interruptions that throw us off course, but they don’t just happen to happen. It is all apart of a plan that has been designed for us and only for us.