I was sitting in traffic, a stoplight was out on my way to school at a 12 lane intersection.
Here’s the truth, I’ve had an easy life. Plain and simple, I grew up in a beautiful house with a big yard to play and a custom canopy bed to sleep in every night. I’ve always had everything I needed and most things I wanted too, food on the table, clean water to drink, new jeans at the start of every school year, and dozens of presents under the tree each Christmas morning. I met the love of my life at 16 years old, I met most of my closest friends in elementary school, and I have the best family in the world. God has blessed me endlessly. I have seen little heartache and little pain.
And as I sat in traffic a couple weeks ago, on the verge of a panic attack I suddenly was reminded of all of these things. It was as if He was playing a slideshow inside of my head reminding me just how greatly He has blessed me in my 20 years so far. And then, I heard Him loud and clear, “I need you to know this hardship in order to do what I put you here to do.”
Bam. Just like that. GOD HAS A PLAN. He’s got you, my friend. It can feel so defeating when you pray and pray about your trials in life and you spend months, years, a lifetime without answers. Trust me, I know. It can seem impossible to understand as you’re going through hardship, sickness, pain. It becomes so easy to ask, “why would my GOOD God do this to me? Why?” And that’s when we have to understand this simple fact: our GOOD God sometimes allows for BAD things, but this does not make him any less good.
So I drove the rest of the way to school, grinning like I won the lottery. Because honestly, it felt like I did. I pulled into the parking lot, found a spot right away (HALLELUJAH) and checked my phone. I had a message from my pastor’s daughter, Whitney, she’s currently participating in the world race spending an entire YEAR doing mission work around the world. At the time she was in Colombia, and just recently travelled to Ecuador. (You can follow along with her blog) Yes ma’am she is dang inspiring. She messaged me to tell me she was just praying for me, minutes after my moment at the stoplight.
I felt the tears come to my eyes. As if I wasn’t already taken aback, as if He hadn’t already amazed me, He went and did it again. So this is it, this is my reminder for you today: NEVER underestimate the power of prayer.
It becomes so easy to fall out of prayer, trust me I’ve been there many times. But our relationships with Him, our simple conversations, they can bring peace to even the roughest of seas.
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