Life’s seasons can easily overwhelm us and we can often be tempted into dwelling on how bad things are. When we walk or sometimes drag ourselves through these times, the mistake we often make is blowing things out of proportion. This of course, is the last thing you want to hear when you are walking through one of these seasons, but it is also the truth. Even when we can’t see how a situation could possibly work out, God does and where there seems to be no way, He has already made a way. Our challenge is to keep a healthy perspective, stop trying to rationalize everything and to keep looking ahead knowing that this too shall pass. Even when it feels like you can stand no more on your own, you must know that you can simply fall on Jesus.
God is still on the throne and He has brought us this far and He is not about to abandon us. He promises us in His Word that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and even though times of trouble are inevitable, our discouragement is optional. The power of our faith is what pulls us through our physical and emotional pain. In our times of crisis, we must remember that there are no surprises to God. The Lord knows the end from the beginning; He isn’t running around trying to keep ahead of our mistakes. God wastes no experience and even now, He has us in the palm of His hand. He does not allow anything to come into our life without a divine purpose. I had to experience extreme pain and humbling before I would act justly, walk humbly, and love mercifully. I forced the Lord’s hand by making choices that did not line up with His holiness. That being said, even now, He is turning my time of testing and despair into testimony because when I hit rock bottom, I found out just how much He loved me as He reached into my life and healed my brokenness. When we walk through a crisis, His purpose is not only to show His faithfulness and power to us, but also to those around us. He will take things meant to destroy us and will use them for our greatness. Someone recently told me that I had the worst luck given my recent accidents, but the more I began to dwell and pray about that statement, the more I began to realize that it really meant I had the greatest potential to be a positive example by trusting in God completely. I know first-hand how easy it is to get down on yourself when you feel like you are doing everything right, but bad things keep happening to you. If this is you, let me speak some truth into your life: often, you will have times of trouble, not because you are doing something wrong, but because you are doing something right. It’s because you are a threat to the enemy and he wouldn’t be bothering with you if God didn’t have amazing plans for you. The enemy wants nothing more than for you to remain bitter, discouraged, and blaming God to keep you from your God-given destiny and to keep you from helping people who are walking through the exact thing you are. When we chose to do the right thing, even when bad things keep happening to us, we take one step closer to victory. Remember, the greatest legacy is not the things we leave for people, it is what we leave in people. I encourage you to reach out to those around you who are walking through tough times and to pray about areas the Lord might be calling you to help His children and better His kingdom. To Him be the glory, now and forever!