Have you ever wondered why God has you go through the things that you have had to endure? I have and I know I am not the only one. God could easily intervene at any point in time and take us directly out of our situation, our affliction, and our pain, but He doesn’t. On top of that it seems some people have everything they could ever want and have never had any issues or problems. So then, there it is… why me?
God knows us better than we even know ourselves, and He knows just what it’s going to take to bring us to the place where we are usable for Him. As individuals, we are a culmination of our upbringing, our circumstances and our experiences. In addition, we were uniquely made in God’s image and given different talents and abilities.
I know there are some out there that say … don’t look back, but I occasionally do. I look back and see all that I have gone through and realize how much I have grown. I have come a long way to be the person I am today. I am disappointed that it took me as long as it has to have the depth of relationship with Jesus that I do now. I also know that there’s a reason behind it. My roots may not have gone as deep earlier in life as they have grown to be now. There are so many reasons and possibilities; Failed marriage number one took me from New Jersey to Florida. Failed marriage number two took me to another city that I otherwise would not be living in (from South Florida to Central Florida) and into two different careers that have been unrelated to my education in ways. In fact, I wouldn’t be writing or having ReachingThe1 either. This came about from having to teach classes on social media… which I wasn’t even supposed to teach.
It’s amazing looking backwards through different eyes. Eyes that won’t stay looking and focusing on the negative, but with eyes that can see God’s hand orchestrating everything; the gut wrenching pain of being cheated on, back stabs, financial struggles, loss of employment, divorce, single-parenthood and the list goes on. These experiences have molded and shaped me into the person I am today. If I skipped over any of these life situations I would be different than I am and God knew that. I have experiences to share with others, first-hand knowledge so that I can understand what others are going through in order to help them. And, it was necessary, no matter how often I wished and prayed for God to step in and take away the burdens and heal the situations.
Life still is not easy, but I am looking out with different eyes, knowing that I am heading in the direction that God is leading me in order to fulfill my purpose. He has promised to take care of me and bless me … and I am trusting in Him because I know He is faithful as I keep taking one step at a time forward with Him. God didn’t take me on a shorter route with less obstacles, skipping any steps because He knew there was much I needed to learn along the way…
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”
I am now ready to step out in faith, prepared to meet opposition and follow through on what God has called me to do. I know it won’t be an easy road, but I’m trusting God to go before me and lead the way. If I came through by way of a shorter route, my roots would not be as deep and able to withstand the storms that I’m going to face… and God knew this…