Romans 8:28 – We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (NRSV)
This past month, I have known little peace. It feels like one thing after another is changing in the lives of me and my husband. Each day brings something new to deal with, and I feel like my head is spinning uncontrollably in an effort to keep up.
I understand that God is leading us through a series of transitions in order to bring us into a higher understanding of Him, as well as to bring us closer to fulfilling the dreams that He has put in our hearts.
However, this month, I have been too pre-occupied with the here and now, with the challenges that are confronting us. I have not been able to think about the future benefits that our transitional period will make possible for us.
Yesterday afternoon, I went out to my garden with my little one-eared pussycat to catch the last rays of sun for the day. The wind was blowing gently in my face and I drank in the tranquility and stillness that my green oasis always gives me.
I watched my pussycat stretch out on the grass and close his eyes contentedly; above him, a few doves had landed on the neighbour's roof and were drinking from a rain pipe. People across the road were laughing as they hugged each other goodbye. Everyone in my direct vicinity was at peace and allowing things to happen as they came, except for me. How could this be?
Then, I felt like God told me to take a breath — just take a breath and allow Him to make the changes in our lives that He wanted to make. He loves us and will make all things work together for His good. I need not be afraid, for we are safe with Him.
So, I did what God asked me to do — I took a breath, breathed out, and gave Him permission to do what He needed to do in our lives.
When I woke up this morning, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my chest. I had been holding on so tightly to what God wants to change, that I had failed to see that He had been holding tightly on to me this entire time. By handing my insecurities and anxiety over to Him, He had given me peace and renewed my faith.
Are you resisting changes that God is making in your life? Do you crave peace during this period of transition? Spend time with God in prayer and ask Him to help you to let go of what you're holding tightly on to. Trust that all things will work together for God's good, because He loves you.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank You that You always meet us in the midst of our insecurities. Forgive us when a lack of faith makes us hold on to things that You want to change in us. Teach us to let go and trust in You, for You make all things come together for Your good. Amen.
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