So Thanksgiving is a day away and although I am thankful for many things on a daily basis the holiday season tends to be a time where I sit and think of what the year has brought. Do you do the same?
You see this year has brought many changes and obstacles for my family. Some really rough obstacles and many we haven’t quite exactly gotten over and some we have. Changes have been both for the good and some for the bad. And some of the good have been major good changes. You see sometimes things happen that shift your life for what you may think is the worst but turn out to be for the better. Have you ever had a change occur that you didn’t expect nor want to happen? That has been the case for my family. A bit of a change in our plans for this year which caused many other changes. But let me tell you that has made us much stronger as a family. Have things been tough, realizing what we had planned didn’t pan out? Of course! But we realize we can’t leave it in our hands and now God is in control. You see through this season of hardships and obstacles I’ve got to learn more than ever what God’s peace is.
Let me say I am a bit of a perfectionist, I have a bit of an OCD, and well I like for things to be planned. I mean for my son’s parties I tend to plan as soon as the other party is over. A bit much? I know! Lol! With that said, when things normally happen that are out of my control I have had the habit of trying to take control of the situation even when I know there is no way I can. And what has happened when I try to take control of a situation that is uncontrollable is I get to thinking and I honestly start driving myself down the road of depression. What if this would of happened differently? I wish this would of happened instead. I start to think of so many what if’s that won’t change the situation and instead make my situation worse. So what I did differently during the challenges this year brought was prayed and asked God to please take control and while He takes control to give me His peace. Did I know what exactly I was asking for? Yes and no. I knew God’s peace had to be much better than me trying to take control of my life situation but I didn’t know the extent of His peace. I can’t fully explain His peace but know that His peace surpasses anything in this world that you may use to try and heal or help you through any and every obstacle you can experience. It allows me to enjoy time with my family. It allows me to be joyful when I spend time with my son. It allows me to not be depressed. It allows me to live life. To focus on the good that is happening in the midst of the storm. To be positive knowing God is in control and I don’t have to try to be. To know that whatever lies ahead is in God’s hands and not mine. I’m not letting God be the second answer this time around.
You see before I would pray and wanted God to be in control but always needed a backup plan in case things “went wrong”. What I was ultimately telling God was “Yes I want you to pull through and make everything better but I still kind of doubt you so let me have a backup plan.” The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” So what I was doing was the complete opposite of this because instead I was leaning on myself and not trusting with ALL my heart. I was doubting God’s greatness. Please know with God you need no backup plan no matter how tough the situation is. He has all the answers. His plan is THE PLAN and THE ANSWER.
This year I am most grateful for God’s peace. In this challenging year I wouldn’t of been able to get this far without His peace. Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
If this year has been challenging for you as well don’t make a backup plan nor try and take control of the situation. Instead, allow God to take control and to give you His peace as well.
Prayer: Father God, I come to You in the name of Jesus. Thank You for Your greatness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for Your peace You have given me. I ask Lord, if anyone reading this is going through a tough situation that You help them to stop trying to control the situation and to rely on You only. Bless them with Your great peace I speak of Lord. Help us to stop creating backup plans because with You no backup plan is needed. You are awesome Lord and I can’t thank You enough for how far You have gotten me and my family. You are in control Lord! Amen!