I read a quote today that said, “When God wants you to grow, He makes you uncomfortable.” Well, let’s just say, I’ve been really uncomfortable lately. I have been very busy. I have been challenged in just about every aspect of my life. I have had to stop and reflect on my values and core beliefs, and at times I have stopped and questioned “Do I really believe in God?” Thankfully, that question doesn’t linger long in my mind. God is real, and He makes Himself known to me often.
I have had many times when I have thought I was going to write a blog, and for what ever reason, it just wasn’t what God wanted for me. I’ve been growing. The nice thing is that even when you’re growing nothing blooms forever, so I know there will be a time when I get to reflect on my growth. I don’t know if I am there yet, but I know it’s coming.
The last several months, I have been through many hills and valleys. I have prayed for things and God has come through in ways that I never could have imagined. He has answered those prayers with more than I could have imagined. I have also prayed for things and God has said no, or not now, wait. These prayers have been for things that have been for somethings that are easy to accept but others have been heart wrenching. In the moments when I have felt broken, I have also been able to feel God’s strength carrying me. Through it all the message has been “Trust me.” And with every step even in my brokenness, I can feel myself becoming stronger in my faith and I know God only wants the best for me.
Through all of the struggle, it has been made clear over and over to me that God is real. I encounter people on a regular basis who don’t believe in God. They are atheist or agnostic, I had a conversation recently where someone told me, there is no proof that God exists and until there is I have no reason to believe. A statement like that baffles me because I see God every day. I see God in the sunsets, the stars, flowers, I see God when I look in the mirror. And I know without a doubt, even though I go through storms in life, I would rather go through them with God by my side, than with out Him.
Over the past few months of not writing, God has confirmed to me that I am His daughter! The daughter of the King of the Universe. And the day I called His name and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior I became flawless in His eyes. Even in the darkest, most difficult days, when I am having the hardest time, when I feel the most inadequate, and worthless, God reminds me, I am His, He is in control of my life and I have no reason to fear. God knows my struggle and He will take care of me.
I know that every hill and valley I am going through, every experience, every person He brings into my life, is preparation for the amazing future he has for me. Change is hard, being uncomfortable is hard. But God knows what I need, and He has amazing plans for my life. He is continually saying “Trust me.” And through every hill and valley, that is what I’m trying to do. God is putting the pieces of my life together and even though I am uncomfortable, that means I’m growing, and the most beautiful things take a lot of time and care to reach their fullest potential.
I’m just a Small-Town Girl… Uncomfortable growing in God’s world.