It took me a long time and a lot of trials to realize and really believe that. Even now, I still feel guilty when I do get upset or disappointed, but it's always good to remember that I'm human. I do have hopes and dreams for my own life, but it's comforting to know that even when they fall through, that ultimately it's in God's hands. In the end, if you seek Him above all else, things will fall into place. I promise.
Sometimes the path you're walking splits or seems like a dead end. And it's hard when you're in the thick of it, but when you look back on it, you see that everything led to something greater for a greater purpose. And those setbacks became branches in a tree that flower and add something to the Big Picture.
That's what I was trying to illustrate in my really unprofessional (read: childlike at best) oil pastel picture.
|For the record that "heart" was unintentional. -__-|
Reading the Old Testament and even Jesus' genealogy at the beginning of Matthew puts into perspective how every little thing, every event, every union happened so that Christ could come and save us. Even if events didn't make sense to the people involved at the time or even as we read them, we can see and we know the greater purpose behind them.
Even in my own life when I deal with setbacks or unhappiness, there is a part of me that is excited to see how God will use it. So, be hopeful, my friends! Even when things seem really poopy.
If you trust that God has your back and that His plans are super duper wonderful, you'll feel a peace that transcends all understanding. And that peace is a fruit of the Spirit, so really dwell in it and enjoy it and bask in its glow~!
So, as I venture on into a new year of life and give you my two cents, I hope I can encourage you with what it took me a quarter of a century to really embrace. :)
[Romans 8:28] And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.