If God showed you what you had to walk through to get to where you are today, would you say no? Turn back?
Would you say it’s too difficult, that there was too much pain? That the adversity was too harsh, too daunting? Too unimaginable? Would you resist getting to where He wants you to be?
Would you deny His plan? The one He set before you were even born? The one in which He knew how every second of your days would unfold?
Would you go a step further and tell Him that He was wrong? That nobody could possibly get through those rough waters and survive – and see good on the other side? That if He was the God you loved, that He wouldn’t allow such conflict or turmoil?
Such disappointment. Failures. Steps back. Tears. So many tears. Loss.
Would you look at the road ahead and see the twists and turns and say to God, “No, thank you.”
Would you do this and miss the person you have had the chance to become? With the ups and downs, would you be willing to pass on the opportunity to provide lessons you’ve learned along the way?
To offer your testimony? To share how God has worked through the unimaginable days you didn’t feel you would walk through to the end? Because in the beginning, it is hard. So hard. And when there is no end in sight to difficult days, you will sit and wonder out loud how this will help someone.
How. In. The. World.
But that’s exactly it. It is from there, and God pulling you through – even if you don’t feel it at the time, you will at the end.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11
How many circumstances have you endured, and when you came up for air thought, “Only God,” and you praise Him, tell others about Him. But while going through these circumstances, did you think, “Where’s God? Why would He make me go through this?”
God never promised life would be easy or without trouble. But He did promise He would be there every second of the day. Through every tear, disappointment, every heartache.
And let me tell you with certainty that there is life on the other side.
There is life after pain. There is triumph after loss. There is hope, renewed faith.
There is Esther 4:14,
Perhaps you were born for such a time as this.
I remember applying for a job a couple of years ago, and when the call came in telling me I was not chosen for the position, disappointment fell over me. My daughter was in the car with me that day, and my then-17-year-old took my hand and said softly, “I wonder what God has planned for you.”
We need to see this in the moment. We need to understand and trust with our soul that what God asks us to walk through will lead us to exactly where we’re meant to land.
I allow myself to feel. I did on that day as well. And I encourage it. But I don’t allow myself to wallow in self-pity. I don’t spend time in the “disappointment room” for days or even hours. Trusting God has bigger and better plans for you must stay at the forefront of your heart, your mind.
And it is from here that we must stand back up, persevere, and continue moving forward with the strength gained in the lessons and with the faith that God has your back, hand, heart – whatever you need. Whatever you desire.
So, again: If God showed you what you had to walk through to get to where you are today, would you say no?