For the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “embrace.”
I am learning to embrace a particular truth. This truth is in regard to my suffering. For the past few months, my blood pressure has had issues – to say the least. For this moment, I am choosing to embrace the truth that God can use all of this. I may not know the reason. I may never know the reason(s) for the trial.
But, it is time to embrace.
I just feel like today is the day that it all came together.
The embracing, I mean.
The trial may be half-way over. I don’t know where I am in the duration of the trial, but I do know it’s time to embrace.
God is working on my behalf. My eyes need to be readjusted, so the rolled away stone is my focus. I need to remember that the time of suffering is what led to the Resurrection.
In every season, there is other things going on that we just can’t see.
Not with our human eyes.
I bet Joseph never would of thought that he would end up being a high-ranking official. From Hebrew slave to Pharaoh’s right hand man. Joseph ended up in Egypt not by mere chance, but because God led him there. It didn’t matter the reasons he ended up there. That wouldn’t undo that God diligently placed Joseph in his circumstances. God would use what was meant to harm Joseph (see Gen. 37, 41).
You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today (Gen. 50:20, CEB)
How can God use your circumstances for His purposes? The things leading up to your circumstances don’t define how God will use them.
It’s time to embrace where God has placed us.
It’s time we recognize we are here, because God has planted us here.
The need for explanations cannot replace our dependence upon a holy God who loves and cares for us. Far more than we could ever imagine.
As Matthew Henry has stated, “we must take things as they come, for it is not in our power to change what is appointed for us…”