James 1:2-3 KJV “2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
I am learning to lay down my will and accept His will for my life. I am learning to count it all joy when I don’t understand where He’s leading me and guiding, or why I’m being directed to these places. I am trying to accept the process of the separation that comes along with the journey of obedience – because, not everyone is able to go with you to some destinations. Not everyone is meant to accompany you all the way. I’m grateful for the companions that have endured this journey with me, cheering me on, lifting me up in prayer – I don’t know where I would be without those prayers!
Ecclesiastes 9:11 KJV “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”
We all have a race to run, a battle to fight, a cross to bear… The glory in all of this is that, WE ARE NOT ALONE and WE ALREADY HAVE THE VICTORY, we just have to endure the process. These truths, I must remind myself of, as I am in the midst of the struggle. These truths allow me to accept whatever comes my way with joy. Yes, there are tears at times (many times, haha), there are bad days even, however, my hope rests in the promises of the One who made the heavens and earth. I can look to the hills from whenst cometh my help…
Right now, I find myself in a state of transition – separation, if you will. I am leaving behind people, relationships, a place that I did not think I would leave. I am forced to face the truth that some aren’t who I thought they were. When I had ignored the warnings in my spirit… When I placed more respect for the person over God… By the time I realized, well – the damage was done. When betrayal occurs, it really only effects us when it’s someone whom we truly love. However, as I took several steps back and looked at the entire situation, there were multiple betrayals on different levels. I was hurt.
Separation is not always a negative thing. There are times when we must have our alone time – just us and God. This is when we can pour ourselves out to Him and He can pour into us. We can truly reflect on our emotions – remove the mask that we wear for others. But, He knows the real us. Only in our separation from others can we do this. It is in our separation that He can take us to new levels.
Acceptance with Joy
As I am walking on faith and a prayer, I am excited for what the future will bring. I have no idea what is to come, but I am expecting great things! I am trusting the Lord. I accept what He has called me to do, although I do not understand. The road ahead may be tough, it may be difficult, but I will lean on His unchanging hand trusting Him to guide me through. I’m nervous, yet excited! I accept this call with joy!