A few months ago I attended a teachers conference and I had the opportunity to hear a great speaker share her story of dedicating her life to being a missionary in Mexico with her family and the process she went through to adopt two little girls into their family. The story she shared wasn’t too significant itself. But the message behind her story will be engraved in my mind forever. It’s a message I have been repeating and remembering from the moment I heard it. A simple message. But a very important one.
As this woman spoke about her life she shared about how many times she would come to a point in her life when everything seemed to finally be falling into place with her missionary work, with her family, with adopting her two little girls… but as soon as she thought everything would work out exactly as it was supposed to all of her plans shattered and fell apart. Nothing happened according to plan. She was left alone in the darkness on her knees crying out to God and asking why she was once again staring straight in the face of uncertainty, of hopelessness, of a dead end that seemed to always find its way into her life. And at this point in her sermon she had all of us in the room repeat these words after her… words that I’ve been learning to repeat in mind as well these past few months: “my story isn’t over yet”. Simple words. But powerful words.
And she would go on to share how she’d get back up. Continue living her life and trusting God and at the end God always came through for her. Her moments of despair in the darkness were exchanged for joy in the light. Things always fell into place and worked out for the best. Not according to her plan, but according to God’s.
Often times I find myself in the same place as she did. Confused and alone. Wondering where I went wrong and why things are not working out the way I thought they were supposed to. Thinking that maybe God had somehow forgotten about me. That I would be stuck in this chapter of life titled “Dead End” forever. And it’s during those moments that I have to remind myself that my story is not over yet. And not only that it’s not over but also that it is written by Almighty God Himself who loves me greatly and won’t ever include anything in my story that I don’t need, that somehow won’t help make me better, won’t draw me closer to Him, won’t teach me life lessons that will help me in the future. Everything God allows you to go through in life has a purpose. And honestly, I’ve been learning that sometimes the “hardest” and most painful chapters in my life are the chapters that I have learned from the most.
Sometimes you will never understand the meaning behind everything you are going through. Sometimes you will find yourself in the dark on your knees wondering if this chapter in your life will ever end and today I just want to remind you that yes, it will end. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But exactly when God thinks it’s best for you to move on to the next chapter. Don’t despise it. Don’t be discouraged by it. Allow it to bring your closer to God, to build your faith in Him, to learn a lesson or two in life, and to become who God has created you to be.
I love this quote by Joyce Meyer that I read recently, “When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably around the corner”. It’s so good and so true. Often times when we reach the end of ourselves… that’s when God steps in and takes care of us in ways we never imagined.
Today if you feel like your life just won’t get any better… don’t worry. Your story isn’t over yet. And the One writing your story has some incredible things planned for you. Be blessed!! 🙂
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11