I’ve discovered that even when one chapter comes to a close in our life that its ending is just the doorway to a new chapter beginning.
That may sound easy to say, but how do we live it? I would recommend step-by-step.
If we are wise, we will learn through everything we experience and walk through, but we can also learn how to trust Jesus more and how he leads and guides us through every season and circumstance. He promises He will be with us and that He will guide us in the paths of life.
From an early age, I have witnessed God’s provision and comfort as I’ve seen him provide food where there was none when my parents went bankrupt and lost the family farm.
I leant I could trust him to provide again when I discovered that God was not a two-minute noodle kinda God, but a roast dinner type of provider, when our finances were stretched as young marrieds' at the end of the week. With a simple “I’d love a roast dinner instead of these two-minute noodles again” request, God suddenly provided not one but two night’s meals, plus dessert!
I’ve walked with Him through the loss of babies, out of the body – near-death experiences, sicknesses, disease, financial pressures, failures, disappointments, anxiety, family dramas, and the deaths of my younger brother and father.
It has not been easy at times. I’ve felt like I might break more than once. But I haven’t because God is faithful to His promises and enables us to “just keep walking with Him”.
Paul in the bible knew of and experienced the highs and lows of life, yet he lived victoriously. Whatever he faced, He knew that Jesus was enough and that He would see Him through. He kept constant, whether in plenty or in a time of believing for resources to be supplied. He said these words in response to whatever he faced:
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed but not driven to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-8)
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
“ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Whether you are in a season of harvest and breakthrough or in the midst of a struggle, know that God is with you. He won’t let you down. Yes, there may be some necessary adjustments to get you to where you are going or the need to let go of some things in your life. But God knows the past, present and everything in between. Let Him take the lead, and everything will be okay.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-19).
Prayer: Lord, thank you that everything is going to be okay. Whatever I may face in life, would you remind and help me to understand deep down in my heart that you love me and that even if I stumble, you promise that you will pick me up and put my feet back on solid ground. Please teach me your ways that I may walk in them today. In Jesus' Name, Amen.