I'm so excited to be posting again! I went back and read my blog from the beginning. I wanted to see the big picture instead of just focusing on the now. I think part of the reason I haven't posted much the last year or so is because I've been consumed with the now and I get discouraged easily. When you only focus on what is going on right then, it's really easy to lose sight of the big picture. In 2 Corinthians it says that we're not supposed to fix our eyes only on what is seen.
"So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:18
The troubles we face now will be gone one day!
Going back and reading my blog from the beginning has put things into perspective for me. God has always been there. He's never once left me. He's carried me when I've been to weak to walk on my own and He's been there for my best moments.
I've seen how I made it through the hardest days. I made it through that and am stronger because of that! I've seen how there is purpose in the pain. I've seen how you really do grow closer to God during your moments of weakness. God can use anything for good, just like it says in Romans 8:28
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
It's incredible to see how God has never left me...I wouldn't have been able to get through what I've been through without Him. He is my hope, my peace, my joy, and why I get up in the morning.
It's really easy to get discouraged when all we can see is what's right in front of us. It's easy to think that we can't make it through whatever is going on. But God has something bigger planned for us that what we can see. That's where our faith comes in. It's during those times when we have to trust God the most.
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1
I love this song because it talks about the glorious unfolding of God's plan for our lives. Our story doesn't end when bad things are happening to us. Our story doesn't end with death. Death doesn't win. God already won when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. Then Jesus rose from the dead so that we could spend eternity in Heaven! God won, not death, and not this world either!
Here are the lyrics to the song Glorious Unfoldinf by Steven Curtis Chapman