By: Stephanie Adams
I finally get it! I now know what the major life lesson is that God has been trying to teach me over the past few months. I know that every trial or struggle we go through, there is a lesson to be learned from it. In this situation, I was over analyzing what it could be.
Sometimes in the over analyzing of things, our focus becomes the pain of the situation instead of what itís really meant to teach us. In the midst of the pain, anger, and frustration of the trials of life, our focus should always be on God, but when we start to magnify our feelings instead of the God who holds every answer, we become confused. God is not the author of confusion. Thatís something we have to consciously remind ourselves of every time we are faced with any trial. The focus of our attention should never be our feelings, but we should always ask, ďWhat is the lesson to be learned in this situation?Ē
This morning while sitting in Momís porch swing, I heard Godís voice speaking to my heart so clearly, saying, ďJust think simple.Ē I thought, ďNothing about this situation is simple.Ē In that moment, my focus shifted back toward God! I kept wondering what thinking simple really meantÖ and I got it. I have had to trust God to be so many things but at different times, but I had never had to trust Him to be everything at once. He is teaching me to do just that! The simplicity of that moment was indescribable.
We donít have to over complicate things. We donít have to make the situation last any longer than it was meant to. Our attitudes and our focus can determine the length of time it takes to get to the new place, the new position God has for us. We canít get to summer without first letting go of spring. Seasons of life are much like the seasons on the calendar. We canít by pass certain seasons, or hold onto other, more comfortable seasons. We have to be willing to let go when itís time to let go. God wants to promote us. He is taking us from one season to another for our benefit, for His Glory! He is teaching us about who He is!
The children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness learning this same life lesson. They had seen the miracles God had performed for them. They had seen His provision in every situation, but they didnít trust God enough to be God. Fast forward through the bible, several generations later, the people decided they longer trusted God to be their king. He had been their king since leaving Egypt, why did they suddenly feel the need for a king they could see and touch? Was it because they had no relationship with this King? Because they had no say so in His decision making processes? I feel as though they had shifted their focus. Their focus had become on the way things were done in other nations. But God has set apart His nation. He ran things in His nation until they decided they wanted things to be different.
When our focus becomes anything other than God, and His plans for our lives, we are missing the most crucial part of life. We are missing out on the blessings He has in store just for us.
Sure, we think we already know this, but until you are in a position where you have to trust God to be everything at the same time, you will never know that He is. He is God! Lesson learned! He is my Savior, my Healer, my Deliverer, my Provider, my Joy, my Strength, my Leaning post, my Best Friend, my Everything!