God works in mysterious ways.
Theres the old saying that goes, “When one door closes another will open.” Sometimes it is difficult to see the silver lining when it seems like everything is going dull. When all of the colors begin to fade away, it is difficult to see the shining rainbow overhead. God has begun to show me that there is always a silver lining. Not sometimes. But Always. No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how terrible you may think things are, He has a purpose for what you are going through. I don’t believe in accidents. God does not have a plan B. Everything that happens to you was already in the plan. It is as if God keeps a storybook for each individual person. He writes your story before you are born, and then you bring His storybook to life. There is no such thing as a page torn out of the book or a page added in. There is not a single mistake that you make that God did not see coming.
I find it important to focus on the fact that God knows what you are going to do before you do it, because so often we make mistakes and think that God will not forgive us. Maybe we know that God will forgive us, but we do not think that we deserve His forgiveness. I have found myself caught in this trap many times. I hear the taunting voice telling me that I am not good enough nor will I ever be, but then I hear the faint whisper telling me to just come home. Every time I run back into His loving arms He holds me and blesses me more then I could ever deserve.
Everything that happens, happens for a reason. The bad things and the good things, they all serve a purpose. Maybe the next person you run into is struggling with something that you have dealt with and have overcome.
I still struggle with some aspects of my past. The saying, “Time heals all wounds” does not ring true for everything. I have begun to realize that it may always be difficult for me to face my demons, but the idea that my shortcomings could possibly help another, helps me stand strong. When I was in high school, I was in the process of walking out from under a dark cloud. I had been struggling with many issues for years. I remember going to my church’s youth group and a girl asked for prayer. She expressed that she was struggling with a few different things. As she began to divulge I felt God pull on my heart. I went to her after youth group ended and realized that she was just beginning to walk into the storm that I was walking out of.
It was then that I realized that God had great plans to use my shortcomings. Little did I know, that first storm was the first of many. As much as it hurts to think about my past mistakes, I never want to forget them because I am still learning, and maybe there is someone out there who needs to hear my story.
So here’s the thing…
No matter how dark the clouds,
How close the lightning,
How loud the thunder,
There is no storm too grand for God to walk you through,
There is no storm too violent for God to shelter you from,
Despite the rolls of thunder or strikes of lightning,
There is no storm you cannot weather with God by your side.
Life is A storm You can Weather.