What are your trials teaching you?

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I recently attended a marriage workshop at my church and as we watched a video presentation, there was something that really stuck out to me:

“God won’t protect us from what he wants to perfect us through.”

When I first heard it, I immediately wrote it down because I thought it was such a powerful and truthful statement. I must admit though, it wasn’t until this past weekend that it really hit home to me. If I can be completely honest with you– I’ve been in quite the funk for the past couple of days. It’s mostly due to the seemingly endless job hunt that I’ve been on since I graduated in May. While I’m not oblivious to the challenge of finding your dream job straight out of college, I had no idea that simply finding a decent starter job would be this hard either.

Maybe I’m being a little spoilt, but I just don’t think it’s fair that I should be settling for jobs that require little to no education and insist on paying me minimum wage. If that’s what I wanted to do then I wouldn’t have went through the 4 years of University in the first place, right?? However, I’m beginning to realize that these feelings won’t be getting me a job any sooner so I better just face reality.

I was offered a position to start working yesterday and was told at the last minute that the person I was replacing decided not to leave. I cannot tell you how many times I broke down on Friday when I heard the news. I understand that “everything happens for a reason” and that maybe “there’s something better out there for me,” but to be honest, I just wasn’t trying to hear all that. I was in such a low place over the weekend because I just could not understand why this was continuously happening to me. But then I remembered that message…

I may be going through a rough situation at the moment, but I’m not going through it for nothing. God is trying to teach me to depend on him and to trust in him when I’m at my lowest points. He’s brought me through tons of other situations and this will be no different. So the entire time I was questioning why this was happening to me, I could have been thanking God for protecting me from something that could have potentially ruined me. I’ll never know what exactly about that job God was trying to block me from, but I can tell you that I’m learning to trust in God’s timing more than ever during this season.

There may be obstacles in your life right now that may be causing you to lose hope, to become doubtful or to even give up. I simply want to let you know that you are not alone. But we must recognize that there is a lesson to be learned from every trial we face. After all, a road block does not mean a dead end. It simply means we have to head in another direction. I pray that as I take this new direction, that you will join with me by firstly meditating on this scripture:

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” {Phill 4:6-7}

You will never become all that God has called you to be dwelling in comfortable circumstances. God’s presence is the only place where you can be transformed into the best version of yourself. But most times, in order to get there–we must be brought to our lowest point where the only place left to go is on our knees. I’ve recognized that there’s no point in feeling discouraged about my present situation because I know that my future is already in God’s hands. He has always taken care of me and I have no doubt that he will continue to do so–for me and you!

I challenge you to always remember that everything you go through has a meaning. So before you choose to complain, question or weep, try to look on the flip side of the situation. God is teaching you something, take heed.

 

What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear. 🙂

 

Until Next Time…

xoxo

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    Jaye
    October 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome message. This message definitely hit home with me. Recently I have been very frustrated in many areas of my life and I felt like all odds were against me. I was reminded that God will fight for me, I need only to be still (Exodus 14:14). Prayer is very important in times of trial. Do the best that we can do and leave it on the altar. We can’t handle it on our own.

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      missguid
      October 7, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Love this ! I agree 100% ! We take things into our own hands too many times without realizing that God is willing to take all our burdens from us. Stay strong sis. 🙂

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