Whether you know me personally, or you’re just getting started reading my posts, one thing you’ll probably notice is that I always find the last grain of gold dust in a pile of dirt.
I’d say I find the silver lining in the monsoon cloud, but that just seemed too cliched.
It’s no secret that I’m a positive person. I know that everything works out for the Will and plans of God, but what happens when we get a disappointment that we hadn’t planned on?
We banked on it – got our hopes up – then all of the sudden, what we thought was God’s plan was really God’s plan for someone else?
I remember hearing the Lord’s voice loud and clear through the lyrics of the song “Blessings” by Laura Story:
We pray for blessings We pray for peace Comfort for family, protection while we sleep We pray for healing, for prosperity We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.
Then the sucker punch came through the speakers:
All the while, You hear each spoken need Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.
I can remember feeling like “excuse me, what?! This – [insert desired event/position/item] – thing is LESSER? How could he possibly have something BETTER for me?”
Then the chorus explains:
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops 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.
The situation in which this occurred is unimportant in the scheme of things and was merely an atom of life, but at the time it seemed like a tectonic plate.
Oh, and don’t worry, I’m not holding back. This situation had nothing to do with writing, but I write about it now because it has been a lesson the Lord spoke into my life since 2013.
You know. The My Way not yours.
Do you know how hard that is for a strong-willed lady like me?
You probably do.
We all deal with failure. We will inevitably disappoint people we know and love on a daily and moment-by-moment basis – okay I’m being a bit dramatic – we can’t help being human; but, we can rest assured that whatever it is, it’s all a part of God’s plan and He DOES promise something better when He takes something away.
And we all know that the Lord does WAY MORE than simply keeping his promises.
So, I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know where you are right now, but if you’re an avid follower, you know that this post is a day late.
Thanks for noticing and reading anyway.
Stay in prayer. Don’t lose your grit. Morn less over the loss of lesser things, and wait to see what the Lord is going to do.