I am not a good chess player. I went through a phase where I studied up and tried to play chess but I just wasn’t that good. I couldn’t strategize far enough in advance and quickly learned that checkers was more fun.
I like to plan and dream but I’m not able to plan out every single detail or plan for every scenario. Luckily, God is. I love looking at my life and finding threads He has woven into my life. If I look closely enough, I can see where He has set things up years in advance of something happening but most of the time I have to look hard to see His subtle movements. It’s easy to look at things and claim it as a coincidence or good fortune or if it’s a tough time to focus on the negative.You see, God knows everything and has planned every step out. It might not seem that way, especially during the difficult times but God is there. You are never alone.
Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.”
He knows the way and has been guiding your footsteps every moment. He is the North Star and if I stop to consult my compass, it will surely point me in the right direction. What do you do when a storm forces you to change course? You pull out the map (Bible) and the compass (God) to consult where land is.
A close family member has had a stroke and after a lot of thinking and praying, I have made the decision to go home. God has given me complete peace with this decision. I have seen how God has been putting the pieces together to prepare me for this. I can see how being debt free and having my emergency fund in place gives me the freedom to go home and not have to stress about finding a job immediately. I can see how He has provided for my family and for me as I ready to depart a few months ahead of schedule.
I am thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to fulfill a dream of mine. I was lucky enough that God provided me the opportunity to quit my corporate job and move abroad. I have been in South Korea for about 7 months and have enjoyed the vast majority of it. I have made wonderful friends, grown in faith, traveled and experienced a new culture. I have been living the dream and I’ve learned that His plans are always better than my dreams so while I don’t know what the future holds, I know that it is good and that He will provide.
One of my favorite poems is the footprints in the sand and I wanted to share that here.
How have challenging times helped you see God working in your life? Why do you think He lets difficult times happen? As always, I love hearing from y’all!