Are You Trusting God in Your Journey?
It’s hard to believe we only have seventy-two days left in the year 2022. And maybe for you, that’s a good thing. Maybe you’re ready for a new year with a fresh perspective. The past couple of years have been challenging, to say the least. And now that we are in a season of change when everything around us will soon look a little blah…and somewhat lifeless, maybe you’re having a difficult time trusting what the new year might bring. The bright vivid colors will soon fade and quickly fall. And just like the weather, life also has its many seasons of change.
I’m a firm believer that it’s in the way we act and react in those hard seasons that can define who we are. I’m also a firm believer that in the way we respond to struggle is also the answer to a life of growth or decline. We can all relate, especially over the past couple of years, to the struggles we have been faced with. Maybe you’re ready to say goodbye to the hard times for a little while. Maybe you’re ready to let go of that heavy load you’ve been carrying around.
If we’re honest with ourselves, many times, the struggles we face are brought on by our own actions or weakness. But there are other times, when our struggles are caused by another’s actions. and in those difficult times when it’s beyond our control, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t change it. And when this happens, the majority of the time, we try to fix it. Right? Why do we do that? Why do we set ourselves up for major frustration and disappointment? We do this because we focus on the wrong thing. We focus more on what we can’t control rather than on what we can control. Whatever that thing is that you can’t control is taking up all of your time and energy. It’s actually controlling you. So don’t do this. Let it go. Focus on what you can do and not on what you can’t.
I think if we could try to remind ourselves that seasons are temporary, we could experience more joy. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says so much to me about this. It says, So fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
So what is the eternal part this verse is talking about? It’s talking about heaven, joy, peace, and all that is pure and good. Things here on earth are temporary. And when things are going well, we are do well. But when things go bad, then we start getting anxious, depressed, worried and try to fix it. And this creates a viscous rollercoaster cycle. The good part is, we have a choice. We can decide what to keep and what to let go of.
Maybe if we could remind ourselves that seasons are temporary. They come and go with a purpose. And even the hard seasons of our journey are valuable.
I’m not sure where you are in life, but if your journey is hard right now, know that you’re not alone. Be patient and trust God in your journey.
Isaiah 43:2 says,
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up, the flames will not consume you.
I want to read a few more of my favorite encouraging verses:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
For the word of the Lord is right and true. he is faithful is all things.
…And I want to leave you with this one on your heart as you go into the weekend…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
Look, I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s not. What I am saying is that it doesn’t have to be as hard. The seasons will come and go, and when they do…just be patient and trust God in your journey.
Love this post. We must put God first and share the Word. Thank you sharing. And yes, I am trusting God on this journey.
Love this post. We must put God first and share the Word. Thank you for sharing. And yes, I am trusting God on this journey. My apologies for the anonymous post.