Oh, life

Life can be pretty hard at times. I know you are probably thinking, well duh! But if you really think about it, it can be extremely saddening. There are storms in our lives that seem to be raging around us and wanting to pull us under. At times when we feel that the tide will pull us under, we do the only thing that comes naturally….we panic. We may try to swim harder, pull at the air hoping it will keep us afloat- but when all is said and done, we are exhausted from the fight. No matter what the storm is in our lives, it feels overwhelming and scary. When that current becomes too strong and we honestly start to believe that it is too much for us to handle, we tend to feel that fear factor. We fear that the outcome will not be what we want; we fear being stuck in a state of loneliness and are afraid of failure.

Truthfully, when it comes to wanting our own way, we tend to not leave much wiggle room for God to work. We forget that He is in control and is wanting to provide us a way out. It is as simple as getting in the boat, but we choose to swim against the current. In a nation that is constantly talking about being independent and having complete control, we try so hard to hold on to as much control as possible and learn to rely only on our own strength.

With the need to be in control, we get upset when things don’t go out way. When God shows us what He has planned, or He closes a door that we wanted to remain open- we become bitter and anary. We want what we want, when we want it. We live in a greedy world where materialism seems to be on the rise. The answer to having peace when it comes to the future is to give up what you have planned and allow God to show you what He has planned. It is definitely easier said than done, but I strongly believe that He will guide us and He will provide the comfort we need in any storm we are faced with. While God wants us to be strong and steadfast, Satan wants us to be weak and defeated. That’s why it’s so important to not go through life attempting to do things in our own strength- I can promise you when you do that, you will most likely struggle every time.

We all hate failing. Failing is not something that people tend to get excited about. The amazing fact about failure is, that it is all in your perspective of things. We can say we are failures, but according to whose standards? God certainly does not think we are failures. He knows that we are imperfect; He created us. He knows that we will make mistakes; probably the same one, numerous times. God knows us, better than we know ourselves, and He chooses to love us unconditionally. We may not really understand why, but He chooses to. Ephesians 2:4-5 says that, “but because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved”. Grace is why we are not failures.

The storms will come, its inevitable. BUT, we don’t need to be afraid of them. We can rest and have peace because we are protected, loved, and saved. The current will be extremely strong at times, and it may feel overwhelming. God however, is stronger than ANY current that is trying to pull you under. He is asking you to take His hand and to trust Him. Trust is hard, especially when we live in a society that teaches us not to trust. I guess that is where obedience comes into play- God calls us to be obedient, and He calls us to trust and rely on Him. I guess it is time to stop swimming and to climb in the boat.

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