Wellness Tip: When life’s circumstances sock you in the gut, change your perspective.
Have you ever experienced a blow to the gut? Maybe not physically, but one in which the devil tries to knock your socks off? He tries to get you to believe that God isn’t on your side and that God doesn’t have your best interest at heart? One day, I received a phone call from a friend. I could sense the excitement in her voice when she explained that she had just received a call for an interview (since we were both laid off a few weeks prior). There was a part of me that was happy for her and glad that God moved on her behalf. There was another part of me that felt like I just got socked in the gut. You see, the very thing that my friend got was the very thing I had been fasting and believing God for. Even worse, I was the one who gave my friend the contact information of the HR person who gave her the job!
When things like this happen it makes me want to ask God if He forgot about me. Hello God? Did you remember that I was praying and believing you for that? I was not upset or mad that my friend got a great job offer. I just couldn’t believe that I had submitted a resume to the same HR person, and yet I received a sub-par job offer with no benefits and my friend had received an elite job offer, full-time, benefits and all the works. After going through the emotions of frustration and being angry with God because life isn’t fair, I concluded that He has us all on different tracks in life.
For my friend, that job was lined up in her track and not on my track. God has a different plan and I had to get myself to the point where I surrendered it. The fact is that I felt it was unfair and that God had done something for her that He didn’t do for me, and here I was fasting, sacrificing, and believing God to move on my behalf. I was reminded of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I had to remind myself that God is working out things in my life for my good. He knows exactly where I am supposed to be and when I am supposed to be there. Funny, as I look back, it was a blessing that I didn’t get that offer.
Often, we don’t understand why God allows things in our lives. In those times, it is important to fix our eyes on Him and remind ourselves of the promises He has given us. We have to trust that He knows exactly what He is doing and that He has not forgotten about us. If you ever look at a stitch art design, it’s a beautiful piece of art. However, if you flip it over and look at the back you will see a chaotic mess of thread in no apparent order. Sometimes, our lives can feel like a chaotic mess of thread, but remember, God sees the full picture on the other side. One day you will see the beauty of His masterpiece which is YOU.