Into the last day of February! How has your month been? Mine was going steady until this week where things were shaken up a bit; faith was tested but trust and confidence in God surely heightened to new levels.
Church life has been challenged this week. I admit that I was down and was all worried about the uncertainties present in the situation. I may not be able to elaborate much, but have you actually thought of how important meeting with God's family is? Last Friday, my heart was saddened by the possibility of me not being able to meet my family in Christ just as we do every Friday. But where some tears were shed is where the prayers never ceased.
It felt more encouraging to face a battle knowing that we were all in it together. God broke through just a few days after (never too early or late) and delivered us. In a long time had I never thought of how incredibly valuable my church is, considering the fact that I might have taken things for granted and more so the opportunity to serve Him in a crowd of Jesus-believing people. Guess what, God can test us individually at the same time. For me, it was a wake-up call. Like say, "Hannah you get to help at the children's ministry every Friday, but do you really mean it?" or "Hannah, can you slow down and appreciate everything?" and "Hannah, why don't you be more patient and do things with enthusiasm?". Random thoughts ran into my mind this very week, but I know it was all that God wanted me to carefully ponder on.
God tests our faith in so many different ways, but we have to rely on Him — fully confident that He knows what He is doing. It has not been in His nature to fail us and break us apart so we'd fall into pieces, but He breaks us so we can be made whole in Him. As Joyce Meyer puts it, "the genuineness of our faith can only be proven when measured against a true standard of quality." God judges us according to His criteria — most of the time it takes the simple, everyday things to hone or sharpen us, but sometimes it requires an even bigger deal.
Above all the testing and pruning, we still have to look forward to when He hears and answers because the joy in that is inevitable and will be overflowing. Right now, I'm just completely in awe of how the impossible's can turn to possible's when we focus on Jesus alone. Indeed, there is nothing like joy that's shared and celebrated with others — that mutual feeling of adoration and gratefulness to the One who makes all things work together for our good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. romans 8:28
Also, not because our prayers have been answered means we can be more passive, because true faith requires action. We can be happy and joyful but the running never stops my dear readers. We continue moving forward until we reach the finish line and hear Jesus utter the words "Well done, good and faithful servant."
A lot may have happened this week including a stretch in faith, but I sincerely praise God for strengthening my family's confidence in Him. Some days are dark and even enough to blind us from seeing all the hope we have in Jesus, but we can personally attest to His goodness that is of great weight. Many times has He not only proven His power over everything, but how much He certainly loves us beyond compare. He never failed us and He never will. May this be the truth that we all believe in whether the sun's shining down on us and smiles are everywhere, or whether we are just being set up in another season of pruning and refining.
Song to listen to:
Thanks for making it to this portion of the internet. I am truly grateful to each one of you for reading my entries! Most of what I've written here are unspoken words — words I wish I could've said or shared with anyone in person but has remained in my heart until I was able to write it in here.
My life's full of downs than ups, but through it all, I have seen and tasted the sweetness of God's grace and love. With that, I can tell you with a convinced heart that God is faithful, He is good and He never runs out of love for you and for me. Hope you enjoy your read(s)!
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