Sink To Swim
It happens to us all. Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way you planned. You were swimming along in life quite happily and then you find yourself struggling…drowning even. Suffering and tragedy strike. Sometimes out of nowhere, appearing seemly unending, and leaving you feeling completely engulfed.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
In these times, it’s easy to think that God has forgotten you. It’s easy to think God is not at work in your life. But He is there. He delights in working in the lives of His people. I have witnessed God’s generosity and faithfulness countless times in my life. Yet, I am often prone to wondering if really, this time He will remain faithful to me.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8
He is using these difficulties and trials as an instrument to mould, shape and refine us to be more like Him. So don’t give up. Perhaps you’re facing sickness and ill health. Maybe you’re worried about what university you will go to or what career path to pursue. Maybe it’s a broken relationship which ended bitterly. Whatever you face, be assured that He goes before you.
He doesn’t promise an easy journey but He does promise that He will be with you whatever you face. He uses your trials and pain for your good - a sign of his zealous transforming grace in your life.
It is so easy to look horizontally to what can only be found vertically. But lean into Jesus when you are on your knees and when life feels overbearing. In the hard times, the suffering, the waiting, He is and always will be your anchor in turbulent sinking waters. One day, you will look back at the storm you overcame in His grace and realise that the person that is being transformed through his redemptive plan is YOU. Your holiness.
Sister, the struggles that you feel burdened with have not been missed by God and they are not an indication that He has abandoned you. They are storms that show his redemptive plan unfold.
So today I want to encourage you to press on and persevere. I don’t know what your storm is, your turbulent waters where God has surely neglected or forgotten you. But I do know that whatever challenges you faced yesterday or will face today and tomorrow, He knows. Your help comes from a person, and His name is Jesus. Make Him your greatest treasure and put your trust in the character of The Lord. He goes before you.
Lean in and trust.
“In the middle of a storm when you can’t see the good yet, He can. And He is looking at you with that twinkle in His eye, just waiting to surprise you.” Katie Davis
Amy graduated from the University of Edinburgh last summer. After an amazing 4 years at university, she now works as a primary school teacher. She loves travelling, running, and hanging with friends. She is passionate about living her life completely surrendered to Jesus and making His name known.