People and situations in life will always disappoint, but the Lord never will. I’ve had to learn this the hard way and it is not fun or easy. Sometimes I think the Lord allows us to go through trials to help us learn and grow. Just as silver has to go through a refining fire in order to be purified, so we also have to go through our own refining fires in order to be better people who glorify God in all things. We can use these difficult opportunities to grow closer to the Lord or we can allow the disappointments in life to make us bitter. The choice is ours.
Yesterday was a difficult day and I shed many tears over a certain person in my family. This person continues to worry and disappoint me and I just don’t understand the choices that she is making. I’ve been shedding tears over her for several years as these detrimental choices she has made have wrecked havoc on her life and the lives of those around her. It is wearisome watching it all unfold and feeling powerless to help. Maybe you can relate in a different way with something that is going on in your own life.
Notice the word PERFECT.
The word perfect can be used in various ways. When used as an adjective, this is how the dictionary describes the meaning of perfect-
1.having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
Or it can be used as a verb-
1.make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.
Either meaning you choose is a good outcome.
This scripture is so comforting to me and I wanted to write it out in calligraphy to share with others who are needing encouragement. My talented friend, Nancy painted the lovely watercolor on the scripture print. I have this scripture print and several other scripture prints available (see pictures below) for purchase on my ETSY shop HERE, so go get a copy today. Buy one to tape to your bathroom mirror (where I put mine) or frame it and display it somewhere that you can see and reflect on it often or get a copy for a friend who is struggling. I have also made them into note cards (see picture below) if you want to send an encouraging note or if you need a unique gift for someone.
Sometimes we can stop ourselves from feeling peace in situations because we allow fear to creep into our thoughts. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:25 that “The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”
No matter how desperate the situation we are facing, the Lord will work it out for good and we can rest in that. Does this mean that our lives will be “perfect” according to the world’s standards? Maybe not “perfect” in the way we tend to think, but perfect in what the Lord knows what is best for us. It may not seem like He has it under control as our finite minds may feel like it is a hopeless situation, but His ways are higher and His plans are greater than any we could imagine for our life.
Life is messy and we constantly face disappointments from all sides. My friend, Jennifer Dunkin-Hawley took the picture of the lonely little vine navigating its way through the barbed wire that you can see at the top of this post. I thought it was such a good representation of how life can feel sometimes. Situations arise that are difficult every day. We can feel choked and like there is no way out. Or we can keep going and growing and trust that the Lord will “perfect” the situation. If we put the burden on ourselves we will definitely be overwhelmed, but if we give the burden over to Christ our load is lighter.
We are all fighting our own “battles”…what is your battle that you need to give to the Lord?
Some battles that I have fought through the years are- The time that our daughter was born with 7 congenital heart defects, including 5 holes in her heart. Then there was the time we lost and buried two babies. Or what about the time when I injured my back so severely that I couldn’t lift my baby for months on end. The time when my husband came home and told me he quit his job and we had to figure out a new path. Or the times like just yesterday when I feel like I am failing as a mother and only doing things marginally well…this is just a small portion of examples of my struggles-you can read more about my struggles on my Year of Brokenness post and The Rock That Changed My Whole Year post…the list could go on and on…
I still have moments that I get emotional and cry over the situation with the person in my family that I wrote about above. It doesn’t go away, but what does happen is that the Lord gives us the strength to continue on and the assurance that He is good in all things. Whatever the outcome, it will be PERFECT. I can rest in HIS wisdom and not the wisdom of man.
Please listen to this song by Andrew Peterson…It so clearly expresses in song what I’m trying to share in this post.