In my house above one of the doors there is a sign that reads,
It’s a nice little slogan.
Looking at it usually gives me a surge of peace.
It is a call to action: trust in God.
In reference to the Bible it probably relates to Romans 8:28.
“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” ROMANS 8:28.
This past year for me was not really what I expected it to be.
I had a lot of troubles enter into my life that I did not understand.
I had a lot of moments where I felt like Lt. Dan from Forest Gump as he shouted at God while on the fishing boat in the middle of the storm.
Like Lt. Dan, I did not understand. I could not grasp why my life was turning out such a way.
Thoughts flooded my mind…
Why was I in this situation?
When would I have hope again?
Where was God going with this?
I am sure you have found yourself stuck in the middle of such a storm and confused about God’s plan for your life.
Humanity and confusion basically mean the same thing haha.
With this confusion, can come a lot of anger and bitterness.
For me this was visible in how I viewed my Creator.
I started to see God just as Lt. Dan did. I saw God as a coach forcing me to do as many sprints as I could to become stronger. I saw God as a military leader doing all he could to train me to become a warrior.
While I do believe God does exemplify some of these traits, I was missing the largest piece of all.
The mercy of Our Lord.
Surely God was their through my trials, yet I viewed Him as the cause rather than the comfort.
Thinking about this now is extremely sad for me.
My perception of my Lord was stained all because of fear and pride.
My way had to be the right way.
My way must be the best for me.
My way was what I worked towards.
How often, in your life, have similar thoughts filled your mind?
So what are we to do?
We are to remember, Romans 8:28.
We are to remember that God is not the cause but He is the comfort.
In Him all trials, pains, suffering, and fear can be transformed into gift.
For this to happen, we must humble ourselves.
Look courageously towards Heaven.
And remember our way is not the right way.
Because God has got a plan, and it is alllllllll goooood.