They say sometimes you win some ~ Sometimes you lose some ~ And right now, right now I’m losing bad ~ I’ve stood on this stage night after night ~ Reminding the broken it’ll be alright ~ But right now, oh right now I just can’t ~ It’s easy to sing ~ When there’s ~ nothing to bring me down ~ But what will I say ~ When I’m held to the flame ~ Like I am right now ~ I know You’re able and I know You can ~ Save through the fire with Your mighty hand ~ But even if You don’t~ My hope is You alone ~
They say it only takes a little faith ~ To move a mountain ~ Well good thing ~ A little faith is all I have, right now ~ But God, when You choose ~ To leave mountains unmovable ~ Oh give me the strength to be able to sing ~ It is well with my soul ~ I know You’re able and I know You can ~ Save through the fire with Your mighty hand ~ But even if You don’t ~ My hope is You alone ~ I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt ~ Would all go away if You’d just say the word ~ But even if You don’t ~ My hope is You alone ~
You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good ~ All of my days ~ Jesus, I will cling to You ~ Come what may ~ ‘Cause I know You’re able ~ I know You can ~ I know You’re able and I know You can ~ Save through the fire with Your mighty hand ~ But even if You don’t ~ My hope is You alone ~ I know the sorrow, I know the hurt ~ Would all go away if You’d just say the word ~ But even if You don’t ~ My hope is You alone ~ It is well with my soul ~ It is well, it is well with my soul
These are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs “Even if” by MercyMe and I thought that this song would be a great start to the topic of today’s blog. Today I want to talk about how important it is to be content with where our circumstances and allowing our hope to be placed in Christ alone. I want to be a bit more open and vulnerable with you all tonight with this blog as well, so hear me out.
Just recently, I went through a very difficult break up and it took a lot out of me. Together almost two years and in the blink of an eye, it was over; gone. I had always thought that he would be the one I would marry, that God lead him into my life to one day be my husband, but I now realize that that situation is not what God wanted for me. And you know, its taken me some time to realize the importance of having a spirit of contentment and gratitude. Sometimes, we tend to expect our lives to be a certain way and when things don’t turn out the way we thought, it can leave us very confused and disappointed. It can become frustrating and we can begin to question God and what He is doing in our lives.
I know this is something I have struggled with. I pray about situations and then sometimes they don’t turn out the way I wanted and I would sit there and ask God for understanding as to what it is He was doing in my life. I look at my life and it isn’t quite where I expected it to be. There are so many things I saw myself doing by now and God has not aloud certain things to take place in my life. My life isn’t quite what I imagined it would be. But you know, God has revealed an incredible truth to me after going through this. We cannot expect our lives to turn out how we want, but we cannot allow ourselves to place our faith, our hope, in the circumstances of our lives. Rather, our faith should be placed in Jesus.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 says “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your hearts.'” This verse was something I was very familiar with in high school because it is very popular around graduation time, but I don’t think it ever truly sank in until recently in my life. He knows the outcome and He knows every step along the way. And even though we will go through difficulties and uncomfortable times in our lives, a rough break up, losing a job, becoming sick, there is a purpose and a reason for it all. And God will be glorified in the end.
Even if our dreams and hopes for the future don’t happen, there is still joy and contentment to be found in the situations we are in. Believe me, I know personally that it is not easy to be thankful and joyful in situations we don’t want to be in, but the truth is, God is working for the good in the lives of those who love Him. And often, it is moments like these that are often meant to draw us nearer to Him. I don’t know what it is you are going through right now, but I do know that I am not the only one dealing with difficult circumstances. God has us, you, exactly where he wants you, and He will use these painful moments to create beauty in our lives.
We must be actively pursuing the Lord in every situation and must truly be intent on growing. I know that at times we can look at situations and question God. But something we should remember is that we are only thinking about such a small part in the bigger picture that God already knows and sees. He knows what is best for us! And when we lean on Him, especially when it gets tough, we will begin to truly find joy and contentment in the situations we are in. It will draw our hearts even closer to Him and we will one day look back on these things and understand exactly why things happened the way they did, because the Lord has something even better planned.
I don’t know what God’s plan is or why things happen the way they do, but I know that I will do everything I can to rely on the Lord to get me through these tough times and I will trust that He knows what He is doing. There will be beauty from pain, and these things will make us stronger. Stronger Christians, stronger individuals, and a stronger fellowship of believers. “Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand.'” John 13:7. Even if our dream doesn’t come true and even if we are in a situation that is painful, our hope is in Christ alone! If you are in a place in your life that you never would have expected yourself to be in, remember that He knows what He is doing and that He will meet you exactly where you are. Stay strong, brothers and sister! I know it is hard, but we serve a sovereign and mighty God! God bless you all and stay strong. I am praying for each of you!