I don’t know about you, but I am definitely one who is constantly asking God to send me a sign, some kind of indication whether I am doing something right, something to push me in the right direction, or a gentle reminder of some sort. I don’t always get the immediate moment of realization like I would hope, but with patience, I usually get my answer. However, today was different. I didn’t ask for a sign or anything today, but I saw something in church that absolutely blew me away. Yes, in church. What other place for God to reveal something to me, right!? I was sitting in the far back in a room where the families sit, and although I was spacing out during the homily, I looked up and saw this sign staring back at me:
I think in this world, we get so caught up in the idea that with God as our Father, everything is going to be alright. But when things start changing, we question Him and what He is doing. Everything will be alright doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to have to go through some struggles. Everything will be alright doesn’t mean that some people aren’t going to stick around in your life. Everything will be alright doesn’t mean everything is going to be alright immediately. Life is an ongoing process. God works everyday so everything will be alright for us, but we must open our hands and give our lives to Him, trusting that He knows what He is doing, and in His time.
This idea really relates back to my last post. Everything will be alright doesn’t mean I get to stay in my comfort zone while God straightens out everything in my life. Just because God has got it under control doesn’t mean I just get to mosey around while He does everything. Spoiler alert: sometimes God calls us to action to fulfill His plan. Shocking, I know. He can’t do everything without us listening to His command. I have come to the realization that if I want everything in my life to be alright, I have to cooperate with God’s will for me. I might have to step outside my comfort zone, as scary as that is, but in the end, it will all be worth it.
Rather than seeing change in our lives as scary and overwhelming, we should start realizing that the pieces are coming together. This crazy puzzle of life requires some moving around of pieces, trying this, trying that, turning this piece upside down. How can we expect a beautiful picture to come together without some change in the placement of the pieces? God is the pretty much the best puzzle solver in the world. He can take the messiest of lives (yours and mine) and turn them into something beautiful. You know how little kids try to do puzzles and literally put every ounce of their strength forcing two pieces together that just do not fit? That’s what we do when we try to control our own lives. However, once we stop trying to force them together, God comes along, rearranges things, and reveals to us what we could not see before. God has all the pieces of our lives in His mighty hands. Let us let Him do His work, knowing in the end, the most incredible finished product will be formed, but not without some shifting and change.
On this beautiful fall day, I can’t help but to just look outside and admire the beauty God has placed all around us. The trees are changing colors, losing their leaves, and getting prepared for the winter season quickly approaching. Everything will be alright with these trees. Summer will come again, their leaves will return, and new life be breathed into them. But in the meantime, things cannot stay the same, their leaves cannot stay green forever. There must be change. We are in the same situation. We can always look forward with assurance that everything will be alright, praise God, but not without the change we must be willing to accept. When we can be thankful and excited for that change, knowing its outcome, just imagine the joy we can feel.