Hope For The Future & Letting Go
Firstly I want to thank you for your patience and prayers through my lack of posting/hiatus recently. My drafts are full but none of the content felt right in this season!
As I've been watching everything on the news lately- from terror events unfolding to stories of injustice, God has been showing me something that I didn't think I was prepared for. He highlighted to me so much hurt in this world (and it was deep!). But among all of this hurt, there is also so much hope.
There's a story in Acts (27 I think) where all of these people are on a boat, and a bad storm came. People on the boat thought they were going to die, but they were throwing a bunch of stuff off of the boat to try and save the boat. God spoke to Paul on the boat, and He basically said to take courage, because they were gonna make it... but the ship isn't. This confused the people on the boat because they didn't see how they would make it but the boat wouldn't! It didn't make sense to them at all. But God was telling them to take courage. Things WERE going to get bad, that was a given. It WAS going to get crazy. They WERE going to lose their ship. But they were going to make it.
I woke up at about 3am yesterday (Sunday July 9th) with that story on my mind. As I thought about it, I realised how much that story reasonated with events in my life. Things WERE bad. I had been hiding painful things in my heart, and I was praying for the future. But I never stopped to pray for that pain of the past that was in my heart. I had my eyes set on this future, but my past hurt was catching up to me. And I knew I was going to be OK because God is good and so faithful, although I was confused about HOW on earth I was going to make it.... but time and time again, I heard God telling me to take courage. To walk with the Spirit, to bring peace in my heart, I had to let it all go. I had to make peace with my weakness, because God was going to make that my weapon of strength... but I had to take courage. I'd read that story in Acts time and time again, but never had I made it personal to my life.
Sometimes we don't know how on earth we are going to survive things going on in our lives, but I want to tell you right now- there is hope. There is hope for right now, and there is hope for the future- even in this hurting world. What God highlights to us is to take courage. Have hope. The people in Acts had no idea how God was going to save them but not the ship.... and sometimes we have no idea how God is going to save us either. But our job is not to know HOW. Our job is to take courage because we know WHO.
The seas won't always be smooth- this I know to be true. But I also know a God who is able to smooth the seas in times of storm.
So take courage in this season