I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
-Casting Crowns, Praise You In This Storm
Makeup is amazing. Fashion is fun. But sometimes we just need to get really real about life.
If I’m being perfectly honest, life has been a bit rough lately. A few months ago, I was laid off from my job, and the reality of being unemployed hit me hard. There I was – newly married, in a brand new apartment, still learning how to be an “adult” and a wife – and all of the sudden I was filled with so much discouragement and uncertainty about our future.
It’s normal in moments like this to worry. To be cynical and even angry and to think, “Why me, God?”. But in the midst of my situation, I was reminded of just how faithful my God is. I was reminded of how many situations in my life have broken me – and how He has gotten me through all of it.
Here’s the thing – I grew up hearing and believing that God never gives us more than we can handle – but that’s not true. God never gives us more than we can handle with His guidance, love, forgiveness and provision. He wants us to turn to Him when things get tough so He can carry us through it. He wants us to trust Him and His plans for us – because they are far greater and more perfect than anything we could imagine for ourselves.
As I’ve said plenty of times on my blog, life isn’t perfect. Things aren’t always going to go the way you want them to, or how you planned. But God says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” How incredible is that, y’all? Every broken heart. Every lost loved one. Every health concern. Every layoff. Every financial struggle. Every worry. He is with us wherever we go.
I know my current struggles pale in comparison to what others face every day – and I’m thankful that in the grand scheme of things, my problems are so small. But my God is always great, always faithful, and I hope any of you reading this who have much bigger struggles than I can take that truth to heart.
I know God has a bigger plan for me, and rather than being discouraged during this trying time, I’m excited to see what He has in store.
Until next time, friends.