“Having a rough morning? Place your hand over your heart.. Feel that? It’s called purpose. Your alive for a reason. Don’t give up!” – Unknown
This morning, as I was driving, I noticed a car in front of me that had big bold letters on the back window which read, “It’s All Good.” I smiled to myself, ‘I like that.” I didn’t take seeing that as a coincidence. That moment was significant to me, because of where I am in my life right now. When I saw that message, I was on my way to meet with my Academic Adviser for college. There are a few things troubling my mind and “It’s All Good” is definitely something I was waiting to hear! Unfortunately, I did not receive the best news. But there is hope and that’s good news all by itself I suppose.
Truth is, I dug myself into a hole in many aspects, other than a literal one. And, it’s going to be a long, difficult climb out of it. Nobody can help me through it but God. I got myself into this mess and now I’ve got to get myself out of it. Giving up isn’t in my blood, anymore. Even though I’m in a place of darkness and hopelessness, it’s all good. What does that mean, it’s all good? It means that everything is going to be okay. It’s all going to work out for my good.
See, because I have sinned and have turned my back on God’s word, choosing to disobey, what I knew was right, I brought sorrow and pain upon my own self. I can’t blame God, cause it’s not his fault. In fact, he died on the cross for my sins, so that I can be saved from my sin. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t be tempted and tried. Sadly, for me, whenever times get tough, I tend to turn first to the things I’ve got no business doing, before casting my cares upon God. I seem to forget God, because my troubles have increased. Can’t do that. Just because our troubles may become super size, does not mean that God becomes any lesser of a God. He is a just God, of judgement. He is a jealous God. That’s just the way it is. So, though I may be suffering in ailment, though I have problems that can’t be solved over night, I know that it’s what I deserve. No, I didn’t commit murder, I just submitted to the lust of my flesh. Yes, I gave in to temptation. A sin is a sin, and we are going to reap what we’ve sown, whether we believe in Jesus or not. So, that is why I must go through, what I am going through right now, with the right attitude. It could be much worse than this. It could be the case of there being no hope. But I have hope. And, I’d have a lot more of it, if I’d just trust in God a little more. It’s all good.
It is all for my good. What I am going through, is only going to make me stronger. The mistakes I made in the past, surely, I won’t make them again. I love an adrenaline rush, but I don’t enjoy this kinda sitting on the edge of my seat. I don’ t like crying and praying to God on bent knees because things are suddenly going wrong in my life. Where was I, when things were okay? I was comfortable and I was slacking. Time out for that. Ain’t no body got time for that!
So in this troublesome season, I will reflect on the mistakes I have made, and the sins I have committed before God. Right now, I make up in my heart and mind, that I will not give up until I am on the right path again. I will use this trial to get in the place where I belong, and stay there. Life is too short to take God as a play toy. I need him, he can replace me. I brought this on myself, yet, God loves us enough, that he’s willing to help us win our battles, even if we created the battle from the get-go. He’s still there, cheering us on, on the sidelines, ready to reward us with the victory. There is still hope. And as long as there is hope, it’s all good.
King James Version (KJV)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
New International Version (NIV)
11 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.
Prayer Starter: Father God, in the name of Jesus, thank you. Thank you for opening my eyes, that I may see the error of my ways. I pray that I have the right attitude, in all that I go through. Please strengthen me and help me to go through my trials. I thank you for my battles already being won. I will pray daily and trust in your word, walking by faith and not by sight. I pray to give up everything that you are not pleased with and to humble my self in my sufferings. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for being my hope. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.