I find it hard sometimes to put into words the amazing strength and joy that comes from having a personal relationship with God. While God is available to us all, I think we all have our own unique story to tell about our faith depending on our circumstances and experiences.
It’s always easier to explain the goodness of God in the good times – we can point out blessings and be thankful. But what about when things don’t go according to our plan? When we miss out on something we dream of, something we want so badly but it’s not in Gods plan for now? It’s harder then, right? But not impossible.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I can look back on my life and see things that were painful at the time… a job opportunity that I missed out on, a lost friendship or an argument with a loved one – and realise, only in hindsight that God had his hand upon it and it was what was right for me at that time.
We sang a new song in church this weekend and it really touched me. Last week I missed out on a promotion in work and while I was a little gutted I’ve been reminding myself that God’s hand was upon the situation. God has never failed me and I trust that someday I’ll understand the why. I don’t need to know the why now, I just need to remember how good God has been to me over the years and remember it’s all in his plan – his plan that promises…
“plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 GW
It goes back to what I’ve been trying to focus on since the New Year – we can choose to feel defeated or we can choose joy in every situation.
The opening verse of this song presents us with a challenge, that if we choose to accept, can really help us hold on to the hope for the future and trust in the goodness of God.
All my days, I’ve been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God
So this Monday morning that’s my motivation … I’m in God’s hands – he’s got this! Whatever “this” may be – I will sing of the goodness of God.