I know exactly how you feel. I know exactly what you are thinking.
Here I am, sitting in the last hours of 2017 reminiscing over all the devastation that has happened over the last year.
I had such high hopes for last year. It was filled with more loss and pain than I could have ever imagined. My breakthrough miracle never came.
The memories of the past couple of years haunt me as I prepare for another new year.
What if things don’t get better?
What if it’s worse?
What if I lose even more?
When you go through traumatic things, you have a new realization of how bad things can get. This can make you apprehensive when you understand the full reality of how hard life can be.
The question of “What if it never gets better?” is probably swirling around in your mind.
Last night, I was tossing and turning in restlessness. I am truly haunted by all that has happened to me. I laid awake, in the dark, alone with my thoughts.
The Holy Spirit quietly reminded me of this verse-
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) “You will keep him in perfect peace,Whose mind is stayed on You,Because he trusts in You.”
In an effort to comfort my fearful spirit, I started to tell God what was on my mind….
“Lord, I am afraid. I am still not any better. My health is still right where it was. I just thought I’d be able to work and drive again by now, God! I still have no money. I was denied disability and I will be kicked off my parent’s insurance when I turn 26. How can I afford my cortisol medicine? God, I can’t work still. I can’t handle another year like the last one. What if it never gets better, Lord? You promised to give your children peace if they focused on you. Please give me peace because I am freaking out. I am at the weakest point a human can possibly get. I’m afraid of the new year. Please calm my fearful spirit. Amen.”
God gave me this in response….
Ecclesiastes 3:3-11 (KJV)
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time,
Also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”
GOD makes EVERYTHING beautiful in it’s time.
There are seasons for everything.
If you are in a season of suffering, God’s word says it won’t last forever.
If you are in a season of loss, God’s word says there will be a time of recieving.
If you are in a season of hate, God’s word says that love can be renewed, restored or replaced.
If you are in a season of grief, God’s word says that there is a time of joy after mourning.
If you are in a season of planting, God’s word says there is a time of harvest for all your hard work.
God exists OUTSIDE of time and human limits.
You may think your life is over. You may think that it will never get better. But God’s word says there is a season for EVERYTHING.
He works in all things, the good AND the bad.
Let’s go into 2018 with the hope that our season can change.
God can work through the darkest of circumstances to bring you into light.
Your devastation can lead to your restoration.
So everytime you wonder if it will ever get better, remind yourself of Ecclesiastes 3. There is a season for everything.
God is not bound by human circumstances, He can work YOUR miracle in HIS time.
He makes all things beautiful.
Your season of joy is coming.
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