Life was perfect. I followed the formula exactly. Study hard. Go to college. Find a great christian man. Get married. Love the Lord. Study the Bible. Have a few babies. Dedicate them to the Lord.
Follow the formula and it will go well with you. This was the promise that had resonated in my soul from childhood. Do the right thing and God will bless you. Your life will be perfect.
But darkness crept in.
Waves came crashing down on the perfect plans that I had spent years building. The sacred was torn. Tears invaded. Hearts shattered. Questions came without answers. All became irrational.
What will people think? How could he do this? Why does it have to be this way? What will happen to me? What did I do to deserve this? God, why didn’t you stop it? How will I pay the rent? Why didn’t I see this coming? What could I have done differently? Weren’t my plans good and pleasing to you, Lord?
He gently whispers. My child…
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
My mind settles back on truth. I’m not made to understand. I’m made to abide. To lean deep and grip hard. To hope when all seems hopeless. To love when all is broken.
Nothing has changed. The same God with me then is with me now. I finally accept that. I lay down all fear and doubt. For the same God who led me in will lead me out.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
The same God with you then
is with you now
The same God who led you in
will lead you out
so take all the fear and doubt
go on and lay them down
the same God, the same God
is with you now.
Oh can’t ya see
everything happens for a reason
There’s a time there’s a place for every season
He knows what’s best for you
So don’t be afraid.
All Lyrics (in bold) from The Same God by Newsong
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