Have you ever struggled with feeling small or weak? I have. Sometimes life throws us curveballs and we become discouraged. We have a real enemy who wants to defeat us and diminish our destiny. But our God is greater and through His power we can live the life He intended for us to live.
To be completely transparent, recently I jotted down in my journal “thank you God for letting the insecurities of yesterday lead me to new understandings of you and vision for my future...” My life looks nothing like the simple picket fence plan I had in my early twenties. Following God isn’t easy - it takes heart work and undoing.
My early adult picket fence plan was simple and safe. But God called me to ‘Be strong and courageous’. He calls us all to this. Honestly, things unfolding in my life are in areas I feel least adequate in - weak. But God really is strong when we are weak and we can completely depend on Him. I’ve learned I can trust Him and His plans are good. And I promise you - His plans for your life are good too.
When you feel discouraged in your journey or if you feel weak I encourage you to remember these two things:
God's Purposes Stand
As Winter turns to Spring the tension in between is so evident. There is an emerging and blossoming that can only happen between the climate when these two seasons meet. The unseen and the seen is an invitation to greater revelations of God's for you. There is a season and time for everything under the sun. God’s purposes will stand.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, my purpose will stand and I will do all that I please. Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)
God never intended for us to figure out life on our own. He guides, prepares, and sharpens us. Through prayer and His word we gain access to God's heart. In prayer we find strength and authority that He makes available for us to live above our circumstances.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
Remember this, long before you were targeted by the enemy, you were chosen by God. You were made for this time to live out God's plan made uniquely for you. Be encouraged my friend.
You are loved and He is able.