Philippians 4:10-13 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (ESV)
Everyone’s heard the saying “life is like a roller coaster.” Well, ours has certainly been that for the last four years. We lost the stability (or perceived stability) of our home in Phoenix, then placed our security in other people, who let us down (quite simply because other humans cannot provide you with security that comes only from the Father). Then, once we hit ‘rock bottom’, we learned to place our trust in God, truly. Sure we said we did that before, but I don’t think it was more than lip service until about a year ago.
Now, we’re on another amusement park ride, with our home and new Church. This ride has just as many wild ups and downs, radical twists and turns and shockingly unexpected changes as the ones before. Doors are opening where we didn’t know even know windows existed, others are closing after we thought we were going through them.Years ago it would have driven me crazy… but not now. I don’t believe in evolution, but know I’m evolving from control freak to Jesus freak…
Another saying we’ve all heard “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” which for us at the moment speaks to how the more changes we encounter, the more we see our life is just in flux, as it has been for years.
However, this time it’s different. This time, we’ve aligned our wants with what God needs of us. We’ve aligned our desires with His will for our lives. We’ve truly become at peace with “not my will, but Yours be done.”
And, guess what, He’s blessed that.
We continue to have our struggles, continue to fight the urge to “grab the wheel” as if we could actually control our future. But, the main difference between the past and the present is our real trust in Him.
After all, if you can’t trust your daddy, who can you trust?
So, if your life is topsy-turvy, if you feel helpless, frustrated or at your wits end, just remember, God loves you and wants the best for you.And everything else is just part of your story.
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. (NIV)