Sometimes we go through seasons where everything seems to fall apart around us. In these times, we shouldn’t feel abandoned by God, we should feel more loved than ever.
I know that sounds weird, but here’s the thing, God will often let things in our lives fall apart when they are standing in the way of Him. This isn’t done out of spite, or to hurt us, but out of love, to heal us, to grow us and for reasons that don’t always make sense to us now.
Like a parent who removes the training wheels from their child’s bike, above their cries and objections. That father or mother knows, what the child doesn’t–that the very thing that once held them up, now holds them back.
It’s a matter of trust more than anything.
Do we believe that God knows best. That He is rooting for us? That He’s in control? That He is actively working in our lives for His glory and the good of others, as well as our own? That He loves us and wants to do things in and through us that we probably wouldn’t even dream of?
See, He knows what we are capable of, He has big plans for us. But to get there, we’ve gotta trust.
We’ve gotta let Him take control and take away anything that’s in the way of where He wants to take us.
God often adds through subtraction.
The things we’re holding on to aren’t real anyway. They may provide the mirage of security and control, or the illusion of happiness and success, but we know better.
And they’re often things we are relying on other than Him. False hopes. Security blankets. Training wheels.
Monuments to the trust we have in us.
Testaments to the lack of trust we have in God.
If God is removing things from our lives, we are better off without them.
When our lives seem to be falling apart, often what we’re seeing are just the first, messy steps of the rebuild God has begun in our lives. The glorious ruins.
It’s evidence that God is at work in our lives. Stripping away the things keeping us from Him, and all He has planned for us. A chance to tear down our kingdom and begin making a difference in His.
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
Luke 6:46-49 NLT
Only when He is first, can our lives be put back together. Beautifully. And truly built to last.
The tough part is in the middle. After the hurt, but before the healing.
That is when you must hold on tighter than you ever knew you could. Seek God first. Follow Jesus with everything you’ve got.
Trade in the life that may look good from the outside, for one that actually is.
This means some hardcore demolition, for a season. As any home remodeler (or HGTV watcher) knows, ripping out the junk creates a real mess.
When you walk into the kitchen and see the project half way through, you know there’s no turning back. You’re all in.
The enemy wants us to believe that the picture above is where our story ends–that God has abandoned us there.
But our current circumstances aren’t where it ends. It gets real ugly before it gets beautiful. There’s a lot of dust and dirt and a giant disaster before anything awesome happens.
Always rest in the truth of His Word:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28 NLT
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