Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
About a week ago I was captivated by this marvelous sunset on Lake Michigan. As I was trying to capture its’ beauty I noticed just to the left of the lighthouse flashing blue lights in the water and in summer that only means one thing, they were looking for someone. I stopped taking pictures and began to pray for the victim and the family, not knowing how long the person had been missing.
I got home and checked Facebook (as we don’t watch television) and discovered a 15 year old young girl had drowned around 7:30 pm and they were trying to locate her. Her body was actually not discovered until two days later late in the evening. What a sad tragedy for this family. We can dwell on the fact that there were warnings. We can debate whether she was a strong enough swimmer. We can argue that we should have done something else. We can blame the city for not enough accessible life rings. What good would all of that do? A family has lost a member and that’s where the focus has got to be.
Sometimes we just have to come to a place where we know it was God’s will and we need to be at peace with that. Does it not say in the Bible that He turns all things to good? We need to find that place in our existence where we trust all the parts of the Bible and begin to apply it to our lives. My heart grieves with the family and I fully recognize the loss yet I know God had a plan. He may have used this to touch the hearts of people in and around the family. He possibly touched hearts in the community and on the rescue teams. He already knew this was going to happen if we believe in Jeremiah 29:11.
All in all I just want to convey that we need to know that we know that we know God is in control. We need to begin to fully rely on God and trust in His plan for each of our lives. As my heart goes out to the family, I pray they recover quickly from the loss of their little girl. I know God will send comfort to all who are in mourning. Soon they will be able to see that God was not angry or out to get anyone, He just has plans sometimes which we do not comprehend.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Ever been so frustrated with things in your life that you feel as if you are about to short circuit? I have been there so many times I cannot even imagine describing every incident which has occurred over the years. I have come close to losing it so many times it is a wonder I am in the place I am today with any sort of peace. It seems as if every time things are looking really up, something happens and I just want to scream.
Like for instance when I was married the first time and after years of alcohol and drugs running his life, my husband tried to get sober. He admitted himself to a rehab center. As I was driving home after I dropped him off I was so excited. I thought to myself, “Finally!!! An end to the madness surrounding our lives!” In my mind I started planning for all the things that were going to be different. I was happy again for just a moment, until the next day I got a phone call asking me to pick him up. Why? They said he was not “addicted enough” to be at their facility. What? How?
Now, in recent times, we are trying to reestablish credit and moving into a home to rent was suggested by our Realtor so that we can move forward in buying the house we are wanting. So we go through all of the motions to getting a loan and applying for the house to rent only to discover after 4 days of waiting that the loan was declined. Man, I had already prepared myself for what was going to happen. I had all the furniture set up in my head. I had a list of the things we would need right away when we moved in. I dreamed of where we would plant our flowers and set up the bird feeder only to be crushed again by the failed opportunity of moving.
So, now I am right back to square one with God. I followed what I thought He wanted me to do and it got me right back to waiting on Him. Hmmmm…funny how He does that. So at first I was ready to short circuit and then I thought, well, He closed a door…wonder what He really has in mind for us? It always comes down to His timing not ours, His planning not our getting ahead of Him. It always boils down to one simple thing…do we really trust God?
Are you ready to short circuit over something in your life? Does it seem like door closing after door closing AFTER door closing? The only advice I can even give at this point is trust in God, He has a plan. Move forward in the things of God and He will take care of you. Stop worrying about it and let it go, He will bring so much more back to you!