It has been a crazy time.
My family and I, and many other people we know, have had a lot of trials and tribulations this year. Some relationships have been broken, others have been mended or renewed. We’ve had deaths and births. We’ve had hurting and healing. But one thing has held us all together, sustained us, and remained our common thread.
We all have God.
Sometimes we have cried out to Him on our hands and knees, begging for mercy and deliverance. Sometimes we have raised angry fists to Him, screaming in agony and desperation. Always, God has listened to us, loving us, intervening for us, waiting for us to call on His name. Waiting for us to trust in His will, in all things.
Jeremiah 29:11 says ” ‘I know the plans I have for you”, declared the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’ ” Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Everything that happens in our lives happens because God allows it. We may never understand why or for what purpose, but we can trust that it is ultimately for our good and part of God’s Will for our lives. Sometimes we are strengthened in certain situations in specific ways that we couldn’t learn any other way. Sometimes our tragedies can give us what we need to help someone else, or even to help ourselves.
We may not like the way our lives are going, but we can be grateful that we do have life. It may not be what we’ve always dreamed of, but maybe God’s dreams for us are bigger than our dreams for ourselves. In any case, we know they’re better.
2020 has been a crazy year, that’s for sure. But I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in the days to come.