It’s easy to talk about God’s plan for our lives once we have what we want. It’s easy to say God’s timing is perfect, at the end of the struggle. When we have what we’ve been praying for, or know the reason we didn’t get what we wanted.
But the Middle. The Middle is hard. The Middle is trying.
It’s difficult to say those things when you’re praying for a house, a job, a baby, a loved one to get well. But God calls us to be strong during those times. Not just at the end. Not just when it’s over. He calls us to praise Him in the middle. That’s where He works on us. Molds us. And that’s where I am right now.
All of us can probably think back to an event or series of events that changed our whole lives. Put us on a different track. Changed the way we see life. Whether good or bad, we’ve all had one. If you haven’t yet, you will. And like I said, sometimes it’s good. But sometimes, it’s hard. I could make a pretty long list of things that has happened to me and my family just this year to put us on a different track. And I would be lying if I said that I didn’t let that list get me down from time to time. That I didn’t get mad and ask why.
Why? Why? Why?
That question can break you. Because we’re not guaranteed an answer. We’re only guaranteed that it will work together for good for us. And even though we might not see that good in our lifetime, we trust in Him.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…
That’s where our faith comes in. That’s where we grab it. Hold on tight. Even during the drowning times, when that faith is just barely hanging by the roots our mamas and daddies planted. Because when we do come out of the Middle, we’ll be stronger.
…for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it’s full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
Like I said, sometimes drown in the Middle. But I can always, always find something good in it to bring me back to the surface. My daddy left a legacy that I am so proud of, and that I will be sure Hudson knows about. I had some time to be with Maggie. To love on her, and help her enjoy her last days. I still have my Charlie who is teaching me even more about how amazing fur babies are. I have THE sweetest little boy that, just over 2 years ago, was one of those events that forever changed my life for the good. I have a loving, supportive family. And THE BEST husband.
Bottom line is, everybody’s been in the Middle. Everybody’s Middle is different. And it’s all hard.
But we CAN look for the good. And we CAN find it….
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Psalm 27:13