God has continually sent me this message. Every time I hear it, it speaks to me and leaves an impact, but I haven’t been using it the way He wants me to. So He keeps sending it to me, telling me to write about it. So tonight, instead of laying in bed and watching Friends like I normally do, I am finally getting my computer back out to write this.
They don’t tell you that post-grad life is a lot of doors closing in your face and hearing a lot of “Nos” to all the jobs you thought were perfect for you. Or that you’re going to face a good bit of self doubt and question your life choices. They leave all that out, and it’s not a fun surprise.
I feel as though God has continually tried to make me realize I don’t need all that I had before – the cheerleading, dancing, classes and everything that kept me busy and sane. I only need Him.
The message I listened to recently from Elevation Church was about anxiety and one of those popular verses we like to pick from the Bible and make work for us.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6
I’ve gone to this verse several times just trying to get help, saying, “God, please help me get this figured out. I’m giving this to you. I’m casting these anxieties on you.”
We probably all have done this, right? Well Pastor Steven Furtick brought to our attention the verse before this one. He pointed out that the verse we all know and love is not a command for us, it is the result of the command we tend to ignore in the verse before.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
We often find it difficult to humble ourselves enough to the point where we are fully reliant on God. I’m strong and independent and can do a lot of things on my own. I let my pride get the best of me so many times by saying I can do this all by myself, that I even neglect letting God help me.
When I actually step back and realize that I’ve been trying to tell God, “let me handle it on my own,” it all makes sense. Life, no matter what your situation is, is hard! Don’t get me wrong, you can get through life on your own, but you’ll be just getting through and that’s not a good life. You will miss out on joy and happiness and all that God has in store for you.
That is no way to live your life. Of course, this doesn’t mean life is going to be easy and problem free forever, because we’re human and we mess up a lot.
So through those times when we feel that we can’t get it figured out and are having never ending hard times, it’s for the betterment of us. God is working on you and He will use this time to benefit you later. In the mean time, it sucks. When that happens, we have a forgiving, loving Father who will continue to break us down to the studs so He can rebuild us back to a strong structure on a solid foundation.
How awesome is that?
btw, the image above is from Valerie Wieners. She’s awesome and you should follow her Instagram!