There I was exhausting every means of avoiding. Hiding. Running. Anything I could do not to stare at the face of the unknown right before me. I had become weary and ran out of excuses of why I couldn’t just be still. I was broken, afraid and backed into a dark corner. I didn’t want to go where God was leading—it was going to be too painful. It was easier to stay busy so I wouldn’t have to go through the unbearable. Then I looked up and realized I had nowhere to else to go.
Have you ever been in that place? Broken? Afraid? Backed up into a corner with nowhere to go but look up or reach out? God was trying to get my attention in a big way and I was being a stubborn child. He had orchestrated everything up until this moment and asked me, “Will you take my hand? Or will you keep running?” In that dark corner, He made my options crystal clear. Was I going to allow fear to dictate my choices and responses? Or was I going to allow God to lead me through this fiery furnace?
What God was asking of me, didn’t make sense—it would surely be the end of me.
Then I could hear God’s whispers. “Be strong and courageous, do no be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
This is what I love about the loving kindness of Jesus, He’s so tender in our fragile moments. In the corner of the darkness, I heard God say “I know what I’m asking you to do is hard and painful but I am your Heavenly Father who loves you very much. I know what you need. I promise you, I will be right here with you, holding your hand every step of the way. I will never let go.”
I made a deal with God that day. I promised I would fully completely surrender to Him and be obedient in what He was asking me to do—if He would please spare me from the burden that eyes should never see and hearts should never feel.
God is so faithful. He always keeps His promises. God asked me to let go of what I was holding onto so tightly, to make room for His unsurpassed peace and joy. Only then was I able to be filled with His abundance. God is with us every step of the way—He never lets go.
I was reminded there is no pain without a purpose. God does not allow pain and suffering without something new being born.
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” John 16:21 NIV
No amount of suffering or pain can ever take away the greatest blessing of a baby being born. No one says “that was way too much pain, please take the baby back.” The reward of the baby born into the world, is far greater than any suffering.
Oh how we don’t like to suffer.
“Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? ……Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery? says the LORD. Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery? says your God.” Isaiah 66:7-9 NIV
Just like a nation cannot be born in one day, nor does a baby come before the labor. To remove our trials, is to remove our greatest blessing God is producing within us. God never wastes our pain. He produces within us a greater blessing that far outweighs anything we go through.
Our trials require courageous faith, obedience and trust in God (Prov. 3:5). When we do, we receive the most glorious reward of the cross.
Taking steps of courageous faith, move us towards God’s greater plan. If we aren’t obedient in our faith, we miss out on the greatest blessings God has in store for us.
I promise God doesn’t allow suffering without something better and greater being born. He does not bring forth the moment of birth and then not give delivery. He transforms our pain into something beautiful. Be strong and courageous, God is with us! (Joshua 1:9)
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