Circumstances do not define

Your heart is aching, I know. You don’t quite understand why things are going the way they are. Did you do something wrong? Is this just the luck of the draw? Does it even matter to God what is going on? Sometimes the circumstances around us make us feel as if we don’t matter to God. As if we are unimportant.

We’ve all been there before in our life. If someone says they haven’t, don’t believe them. Struggles are common to us humans, and failure is a way to growth. Things don’t always turn out the way we think we should, no matter how hard we have worked.

And sometimes don’t we work incredibly hard for something? We pour our heart, life, and soul into doing our very best. We give more than we ever thought we would ever be able to give. And yet, things still crumble, things still don’t work out, things still fail.

Where is God in those times? Oh, my dear one, He is loving you. He is standing with you. He is having compassion for you.

I know it doesn’t feel like it sometimes, and this is when our feelings lie to us. That little voice crawls into our heads and says, “God controls it all. If he really loved you he wouldn’t let this happen. If you mattered to him wouldn’t he work things out like you want? If you were important enough things would be easier.” Lies. All manner of lies.

Isaiah 54 10

We were told we would have hardship. We were told tribulation would come. We live on this earth where the rain falls on the good and the bad. We are a part of the human race where our free will makes all sorts of things happen, much less what the free will of others does. And sometimes, inexplicably, things just don't work out. Those are not the definer of how much God loves you or if you are important to him. The truth is and always will be he loves you more than you can imagine. The truth is and always will be you are important to him.

I can’t tell you why things are happening the way they are. I can’t explain how God will work in your circumstances to bring you good. All I can tell you with all assurance is our God, the Holy One, the God of all compassion and the One who is Love…. You are important to him. Hold on to that truth right now. As you struggle. As you fight your way. Hold on to him, and let go of everything else.

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  1. You remind me of that song, "Blessings"...

    "'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise"

    Thank you for the beautiful reminder that no one, not even God said it would be easy. But they, and He, said it would be worth it.

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    1. Thank you dear. I haven't heard that song in a while.

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  2. Amen.

    We've been singing a song a lot at church lately that says

    "You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust."

    Sometimes that's what I have to hold onto.

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    1. I love love love that song. We'll hold on together. ((hugs))

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