Thursday, February 13, 2014

A time for everything

Have you ever been through a situation where you walked away saying, “if it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t have made it through that”, I feel that way about the first 20 years of my life. Even though I knew nothing of God those years, I know that if God hadn't had His hand on my life, I wouldn’t be here to write this. As I look back, I know God always had a plan and purpose for me and He was preparing me years before His name would ever roll off my tongue. 

As I look back over my life, I can truly say that God was always present, I am extremely thankful because of it. People see me in the present time and some that didn't know me may be unable to see who I was before love stepped in, before grace took root in my life and although I am grateful that I can now be seen to others the way He's always viewed me. I also know I could purposely choose to forget who I was and how I was found completely broken and lost and not share it with others, but then I wouldn't be giving God enough glory if I didn't share who He is and how His love stepped in and saved me. Our lives and stories bring Him the most glory when shared. I would have to be blind to not see the way that God's grace, mercy and protection has always carried me through. He's always been my protector, my voice of truth and He still is today, I just now know who to say thank you too.

He challenges me to be more, love deeper and to not waste the gifts and talents He has lent to me. As much as I don’t always want to walk through the season of healing and be reminded of who I once was, the pain I have faced, who I have lost and my own short comings. I know it is exactly where the Lord would have me and wants me at that very moment. He wants the best for me “us” and He knows some seasons will hurt and some will be joyous, but all will help strengthen and bring each of us closer to Him.  I will remain thankful that He loves me and even when the path He leads me on can be painful at times I will choose to remember how He never lost sight of me and brought me through all those years way before He became my Papa God. “the sweet name my children refer to Him as”

What season are you currently in? A season of joy, maybe healing, learning, learning to let go, forgiveness,maybe a season of stillness? Whatever season you are in, know that He walked it before you and has already laid a path. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1
A Time for Everything:
3. For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.