How close are you scooted to Papa… or are you hanging out on the side lines grumpy and crabby lately? Tired and feeling like the stress won’t end; Angry and bitter about it?
I’m not sure what you’re facing, but what I do know is there is a reason for it.
Is there really a reason for it?
Yes, there always is and before I go on, let me offer a few verses that God gives us about the things we go through. I hope this will help you to talk to Papa about your situation and gain some great insight and understanding.
In Proverbs He says the nothing comes into our lives by accident. Our steps are ordered by the Lord. And in Job 1, Papa gives Satan permission to harass Job, and if God had not given His permission, Satan couldn’t have touched a hair on Job’s head. The same applies to us.
Hebrew 12 helps us understand that we are made to grow and mature physically. Papa wants us to grow and mature spiritually as well; and just like our parents correct us when we need it, so does Papa. Sometimes events are allowed for such a purpose, to open a closed mind to new things. Other times, it’s to bring about change. He is going to move us to another location, put us in a new job or maybe it’s time to meet someone special. Only He knows and in hindsight, we usually understand.
The memory I’m about to share makes me feel tired just talking about it. It was a hard time to go through. When my kids were little and there was a Dr Appointment the next day, I always seemed to get very little sleep the night before, maybe even 2 nights before. The Dr.’s office was not close. I drove over an hour one way, exhausted. I did my whole day exhausted. I went to bed dead tired and hated every moment of it. This happened over and over and over again. Countless times for varying circumstances (not just Dr Appointments), my sleep was prevented.
Eventually, I began to see a commonality with these occasions. Papa used my exhaustion to work my heart. He was breaking me; breaking that willful, stubborn, self-righteous attitude in me and when I was at my worst I had less of a fight in me to resist Him.
There is a process of breaking Papa does in our hearts, when we experience circumstances that seem to stretch and challenge every sane nerve in our body. He is drawing us closer… So what do you do when He is drawing? Scoot closer, love…
Scoot your butt closer…
I saw some of the greatest spiritual Gems after these episodes, heard His precious voice and some of my most amazing Spirit led journaling was done.
“My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”
When we want the stress to end, when we beg for it to stop, Papa whispers to us, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. Persevere in Me” His strength shines it’s brightest in our weakest times.
Think of it like this, your adorable little toddler wants to tie his/her own shoes and squawks when you try and help. So you step back and watch. After many failed attempts and through frustrated tears they ask you to do it for them. And you help them don’t you? What do you think they got from that? They just received the help they needed at their weakest moment. Your strength, love, patience and acceptance are revealed to them as Papa’s is to us!
What a revelation and once I understood this, it was easier to look at my trials differently. I learned to quit focusing on the circumstance and began to pray, wait and watch.
Keep in mind your attitude every moment. Have you noticed that after a good laugh with some great people that you can smile while cleaning up a glass that has dropped and broke in the kitchen? Everything is easier with a good attitude and so much harder with a bad one. Keep your countenance up and exercise self-control over your attitude and your thoughts. Take what you’re going through in stride, moment by moment and one day at a time. Be thankful, even when you don’t feel like it (even through gritted teeth if that’s all you can mustard), knowing that Papa is working what is absolutely best in everything. You will get stronger and you will grow if you allow it.