You know, when I was a kid I had no idea what life was truly going to hold. I thought that when you accepted Jesus into your heart he would literally build a house inside you. I thought that clouds were made of cotton candy, and if you made a “pinky swear” with your best friend, that the friendship and the promise could never be broken. However, I think as we all know, that things in this life aren’t what we all dreamed it would be as kids. As a matter of fact, life is a lot more grueling than the day dreams and Hallmark-esque moments we all wished it would be. As a matter of fact, I feel as if we all know that life has a lovely way of beating us down until it seems like we are living six feet under. We feel broken and dead inside and that there is nothing that we can do to fix the situation or that there is any hopes of it getting any better.
But here’s the thing: Life being hard is inevitable, but if you are a Christ follower, and you believe that Jesus died for you and your sins, and you have fully and completely laid your life down to follow Him, then you can confidently say that you are not alone, and we are able to lay the struggles, burdens, and the ickiness of of this life at the feet of Jesus.
Now I am not saying that when you go to Jesus with your problems that they will all automatically be solved and the world would be a right and happy place again. What I am saying though is that your outlook on the situation may change, and that the burdens you will be carrying will be lifted off of your shoulders and a beautiful, overwhelming sense of peace overtake you.
Now if you are like me, hearing this and actually applying this in my life are two completely different things. Part of me used to wonder if He even heard my struggles, if He even cared, and quite frankly, why the situation was not working out the way I wanted if He was all powerful and kind and good. This past semester, for example, I was really struggling spiritually with a lot of things. This was a time in my walk with Jesus that we really needed to shed some light on some things in my life, so I could really grow in my faith and be fully prepared for the future blessings God wanted me to have. Man, let me tell you, there were days I really struggled a lot with the things I mentioned above. A lot. And I had to cry out to Him and trust Him numerous times in numerous situations. It definitely was not the most exciting period in my life, but it was necessary and what is so cool is now I can see how He was working in me and through me, and how He has blessed my life because of it.
And if there is one thing I learned through this season of struggle is that He can be trusted, He does hear your prayers, and He loves you too much to ever abandon you where you are. And if you are currently struggling with anything, anything at all, I want to leave you guys with some encouragement below:
1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (NIV)
Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Isaiah 41: 10 “So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Romans 8:28 “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.”
Romans 8: 38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Thank you all for reading, and know that He has your back in all situations and struggles. Also, forgive me, softball and this spring break has been hectic and I’m sorry I posted this late. I love y’all and God bless!