This past year has been the journey of all journeys for me personally. I have experienced a lot of things I never thought I would, dealt with a lot of things I never thought I’d have to, learned a lot of lessons I wasn’t aware I needed to learn (or perhaps didn’t want to learn), and grown in areas I had not realized I needed to grow in. It’s been difficult and painful, yet at the same time good…good in the sense that while it was difficult and painful, I can see how I’ve grown and what I’ve learned and who God has been reshaping me to be through all of it.
Learning, growing, and being reshaped is not easy. It hurts. It requires pride to be put aside and humility to take its place. It means some things that were a part of me must to come to an end, and things that weren’t a part of my life in the past might need to be added. It’s a maturing process. The process is painful, but the end result of learning and growing and being reshaped is a beautiful thing.
The more I’ve learned to let go of things, to not fight God concerning what he’s allowing to be done in my life, and to be willing to have my pride broken and replaced with humility, the more I’ve come to realize just how much I needed to learn.
Life is a journey, and there are points on that journey that are not fun. There are places along the journey where we can’t see what’s coming next and we are surprised by what does come; there are places that are dangerous and difficult to get past; there are places that can make us want to give up and quit. That’s all part of the journey. And with each step we continue to take on the journey, each time we don’t allow the surprises or dangers or difficulties to lead us to give up, the more we learn and grow.
As a Follower of Christ, I know that God is constantly at work in my life, shaping and creating and leading me to become the man he wants me to be. I won’t become that on my own, nor will it happen right away. I’m on a journey to become who God is leading me to become, and I have to trust him along that journey. And while there are parts of the journey where I will struggle to want to quit or give up, it is the truth that God’s strength is what will get me through, along with the constant reminder that he is still working to make me who he wants me to be, that gives me hope to keep moving forward.
If I truly believe God is sovereign and in control, then I have to prove it as I walk along this journey of life…especially when I walk along the difficult parts of the journey. God has a plan and knows what is going on even if I don’t. I must trust him and his plan, even though I might not know what is going on at all.
Praise God that I can look to him for strength and find rest in him when the journey is more than I can handle on my own! Praise God he never leaves me or forgets about me on this journey, no matter how difficult it gets or how badly things get messed up! Praise God he is in control and is sovereign over all! Praise God!!! Praise God!!! Praise God!!!
May I continue to be willing to learn as I move forward in this journey of life. May I always be willing to learn more, never thinking I have arrived or have all the answers. May I never stop trusting and following God, wherever he leads.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13)
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)