I know I’ve mentioned this before, but the year 2019 was one of the hardest years Jason and I have ever faced together.
Many of the things we faced left us feeling pretty “helpless” at times —though we always knew where (or Who) our help came from.
We had a few trusted loved ones who knew all that we were facing around that time, and even only 2 or 3 who really knew what we were facing at the time. Perhaps one day I’ll write more about those times.
The year 2019 brought with it many uncertainties, trials, struggles —at times it seemed like an outright battle for our destinies.
But thankfully God can use the trials that we face to build our character —preparing us for what He has next, or even for later on down the line.
It was the kind of year where you look at where you’re standing, and you begin to go through the thought process of, “Am I really standing where I’m supposed to be, God? Am I doing the thing I was created to do? And God, what exactly is that, by the way?” A lot of second-guessing.
But then suddenly we found ourselves in the place of, “Wait, how did I get to this place?” and we knew we came through it, and we had no doubts that we were exactly where we were supposed to be. ☀️?
I’m happy to tell you that He showed us that we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be, and we’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing, but goodness, we sure came through a whirlwind of confusion and uncertainty at the start of the year, followed by a lot of “pressing through” the rest of the year.
But the Lord did bring us through the harsh, dark woods and into such a beautiful clearing. ☀️
As hard as 2020 has turned out to be, at least so far, I still can’t even compare it to some of the things we faced in 2019. But I get this feeling that many are dealing with a “2019” and far worse right now, as we face the effects of what’s going on in the world.
But this morning, I am reminded of a declaration we made in 2019, in the midst of everything we were facing, our constant declaration was “trust“…
“God I trust You!”
I declared unto God over and over and over, even when it seemed so grim,
“God, I trust You. I trust You, I trust You, I trust You!”
It goes in line with Psalm 91, verse 2,
“My God, in Him I will trust.”
You know, I’m realizing that it was during times that seemed so grim and uncertain, that I truly learned to declare my trust in Him. And I have learned to carry that same trust in my heart every single day. I know that it has transformed my heart to allow that “trust” to remain there.
This morning, I am remembering how the Lord used the trials that we faced, and how He used all of it to build our character, to build up our relationship, our strength in Him — He was preparing us.
Remember that no matter what you’re facing right now, you can always apply this truth, you can always declare:
“My God, in Him I will trust!”
Because He can be trusted. He is trustworthy.
Cling to Him as your Heavenly Father, and know that He’s preparing you for what He has in store for your life.
Know that you’re not alone in what you’re facing right now.
God is getting us “there” and we’re going to be able to look back one day and say,
“Oh, that’s what He was doing! That’s what He was leading us towards. That’s what He was delivering us out of.”
Thank You, Father. I trust You!