Children are full of curiosity. My mom said when I was little, I was definitely full of questions. I wanted to know why the sky was blue, why the grass was green and where the rain came from. I’ve always been very analytical. I always wished I were one of those people that would just throw caution to the wind and not seem to care or worry about things. But, I am not like that. For those of you that analyze every last detail, my heart goes out to you. I understand the struggle and it is real. The good news is, when we don’t understand things, the One that does, wants to teach us. Keep in mind, we are not God and we don’t think like him. There are so many things we will never understand but we get to know Him in the search. He uses our curiosity and questions to further us in our relationship with Him.
Situations don’t always work out the way we plan. Sometimes we pray and pray really thinking that the outcome we have planned would be best for everyone. Then, as if we’re thrown a curveball, things don’t go that way. We’re let down; sometimes devastated. We just knew that IF….but God sees the big picture. He knows the beginning from the end. He’s working every angle of every circumstance to pull people into His care. Sometimes people don’t realize they need Him until they reach a point that there’s nothing or nobody left to turn to. Sometimes situations are completely out of our control and it forces us to reach for the supernatural power that only comes from Him. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT) This verse explains everything. We’re created in His image, but we are not Him. He’s working things out the way they need to be in order to work in us as individuals. He’s more concerned about our character than our comfort in a lot of situations.
Be sure, though, we can trust Him completely. This is a tool the enemy likes to use to trick us and mess with our minds. He will whisper, “if God were so good, then why “blank”?” This is the oldest trick in the book. He asked Eve, in the garden, basically the same thing. He implied that God didn’t want the best for her or else she could’ve eaten from the forbidden tree. The devil convinced Eve that she knew better than God and he still is trying to convince us today. Remember, Jesus IS the Victor. He died for you. He’s still pleading your case today. He is the One we trust. He has our best interest. “This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” (Psalms 91:2-3 NLT) Did you get that? Every trap. There’s nothing the enemy can bait us into that Jesus can’t get us out of. Yes, it would be better not to be entrapped to begin with, but our humanity has a way of dictating things sometimes. God is our safety net, though. When we get into anything over our heads, He throws us a life raft. He watches over us always.
I don’t know why some things go our way and others don’t. But I know God has a grand plan and we’re all playing our part in it. He’s good and He never changes. He always has our best interest. We have to exercise faith in the middle of the journey. The middle stretch of road is often the longest and hardest but it’s there that God is working even when you don’t feel or see it. The best thing to do with circumstances that are literally out of your control is be honest with Jesus. You’re not hiding anything from Him anyway. It’s perfectly ok to tell Him that you don’t understand. He will show you the way.
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.