The Triumph After the Storm
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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
- Psalm 34:18
When I was in college, I was in a very serious relationship. At the time I thought that he was even the person I would marry one day, and I had convinced myself that he was it for me. And over the course of that relationship, I completely lost myself. When I was in the middle of it, I couldn’t see just how wrong everything that I was letting happen really truly was, and by the end of it, I was honestly a shell of a person.
However, at that time, I remember that I would still pray to God to restore that relationship. To almost magically make that person know Him and love me for me. But that just wasn’t how that story was supposed to end and it took me a really long time to accept that truth. For a while I was even angry with God. If He was always with me then why did I feel so alone?
While this particular relationship was a very long time ago for me, it’s become one that I can look back on and see just how far I’ve come from that point in my life. It used to be an unbearable pain point, but now it only fuels my passion to see other women (and men) in healthy and loving relationships. It also taught me what I need in a relationship with a significant other and eventually led me to seek God more than I ever had in my life. And that relationship I have with Him now is one that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
I really believe that if God hadn’t separated us I might still be stuck in that unhealthy relationship. And I might have never started dating my now husband and best friend. My life could have looked so different if I would have continued to fight God’s will for my life. But now I'm so thankful for everything I’ve learned, and that I can use that to help other women that may be in similar situations. This is just one example of how a stormy season in my life ended with one of the most beautiful sunsets that only God could have created.
“After your season of suffering God in all His grace will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” -1 Peter 5:10
1. Think back on a time where God’s plan was better than your own and thank Him for it.
2. Is there a way that your own trials have helped you to be able to help others through theirs?
Dear Lord, I thank You that Your plans are always so much better than my own. That I can come to You during those stormy seasons. I trust in Your Word, and I know that the rain won’t last forever. Help me to come to You in prayer instead of trying to fix everything on my own. I love You Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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