Let me share a personal story with you that maybe you can relate to. There was something in my life that felt so perfect and so right. I felt Gods peace within me and everything. I was excited and overjoyed at what the future held. Then slam. It all ended. What happened? I cried out to God and pushed where I should have stood still. I mulled it over and over..making it worse instead of better. My joy started to fade. I became miserable. I lacked faith in Gods peace. I lacked faith in what I had believed to be His will. Something changed within me one day, when I realized what I was doing. As time went on, God continued to speak to me, showing me through His stories of others in Gods word what needed to be done. You see, we don't live on our timetable but of Gods timetable. When we push things to go our speed, like I did, we usually crash and burn. God has a mission. It isn't about just us. Let's think of Mary and Martha in the Bible. If Jesus had rushed right over to save Lazareth, no one else would have found the belief of Christ.
Let's look in John 11:45
-The Jewish Leaders Plan to Kill Jesus.There were many Jews who came to visit Mary. When they saw what Jesus did, many of them believed in him.-
See, there was a reason for Jesus's delay. There was a reason to not rush over.
His goal here is to save as many lost souls as possible, not just to please us here on this earth. So, if we become, for example, like Sarah and Jacob in the Bible, pushing ahead of Gods timetable, we end up making more of a mess. Instead of waiting, Sarah gave her maidservant to Abraham so that he could have a son. Did that help? Not at all. In fact it just made it worse. Did she have a son like God promised? Yes..but in Gods timing. You see, the peace I felt, I do believe was from God..but I needed to learn to continue in that peace and not push for more. To be content in the moment that I have, secure in my Father. Trusting Him each step of the way.
You see, it isn't in our comfort that we grow, but in our discomfort. I find Christ in times of despair and hardships more then in my comfortable times. I learn lessons that help me to become more like Him and ready for Heaven. My rock tumbler of life tosses me and chisels me, bringing my beauty out more and more of how my maker designed me to be. To be more like my Father. To learn to be ok with the valleys of life and content where I am. To find joy in any lesson learned and joy in witnessing even in hard times. When you share His word to others, you tend to forget more about yourself. You learn your valley isn't so bad as others may be experiencing. You learn your not alone. There are so many out there that need Jesus. Glorify in your valley and use it to bring others to Christ. Our goal isn't to be comfortable in this life but to bring as many as we can with us Home. Trust in God. Trust in His timetable. Don't be like I was or how Sarah was. Or Mary and Martha. Trust in each moment. Live day by day in Gods word. He has it. God has it all under control!
At last you are concerned about me again. That makes me very happy. We belong to the Lord. I know that you have been concerned. But you had no chance to show it.
I’m not saying that because I need anything. I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.