“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 MSG
It was a beautiful Tuesday morning and I anticipated it would be a productive and fun day for me and my boys. I was on my second day of maternity leave and I was excited to finally get some things on my “to do list” done. I felt like a pro, maneuvering around with my two toddler boys while being 9 months pregnant – checking things off my list one by one… Pat on the back, you rock momma!!
We were on our way to our next destination while chatting about new dinosaur toys when out-of-nowhere BAM! My entire passenger side felt rocked and I had no idea what just happened. Looking over to the side it was very clear, I was just hit and things didn’t look good.
Have you ever been in a situation where all is going well, even close to perfect and then all of a sudden your world is rocked in a matter of seconds?
Maybe you have been working on or building something and suddenly all the hard work comes crumbling down. It happens to us all, though the circumstances may look different. Whether it is something caused by our own decisions or something that is just thrown on our plate; we are left with picking up the pieces.
I consider myself a pretty positive person and try my best to look at things on the bright side, but when this accident happened 2 weeks ago I immediately felt defeated. Here I am 9 months pregnant with my two boys in our new car (we just got 3 months prior) crashed on the side of the road. All these thoughts were running through my mind. Why didn’t you just stay home? Another accident? How are you going to afford this? What is everyone going to think? Ugly negative thoughts. I felt like a horrible mom – even though I knew it wasn’t my fault – and wished I could start this day over.
One of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn) is the battle of the mind. The enemy of our soul is a pro at infiltrating our thoughts with lies and negativity. He is a master at taking situations or creating scenarios that don’t even exist to disrupt our peace and distort God’s purpose.
Instead of thanking God that we were all okay and not hurt, I felt discouraged. This momma didn’t rock one bit.
It wasn’t until about a week later when things started to calm down that the Lord began to deposit “silver lining” into my spirit. My car was in the shop getting fixed at a fast pace. My insurance company came to the quick conclusion I was not liable and sent compensation for all new car seats. They also waived my deductible so when my car was ready it could just be delivered to my home. I didn’t even have to make arrangements to pick it up.
I had a witness that was a God send and stood with me the entire time I was waiting for the tow truck (over an hour). Our boys are the same age and hit it off immediately. They will even have a playdate once our new baby arrives. God allowed me to witness to her and even invite her to church. I was beginning to see God in all of the details.
Distraction or Divine Appointment?
The Lord began to show me that not all distractions or detours in life are sent by the enemy.
Sometimes it is a task that has been assigned to us to experience God’s glory. When we look close enough at the dark cloud we will see the silver lining.
What is the silver lining you ask? Simply put, it is the promises of God. His word coming to life in all of our situations. It is not always easy to have this perspective when in the midst of a trial – I know I didn’t – but I am learning to look at the bigger picture. I am learning to view things with spiritual eyes and not just what I see in the physical in front of me. I am trusting in His word and truth and not just reading or say things out of cliche.
When God says He will work ALL things together for my good, He means it. That trials, those difficulties in life – they do not change the truth that He is on my side even when it doesn’t always feel that way.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”
The Bigger Picture
I hate puzzles because I always end up with random pieces that I feel never could fit with this work of art. The puzzle is coming together nicely and then these pieces are off to the side and I can’t figure out where they go. They just don’t seem to belong and out of frustration I either want to stop working on it all together or throw those pieces out. Eventually, as I persist and continue to build, I realize it all comes together and I can clearly see, oh yes they do fit. I just needed to continue to put it together a little more to see the beautiful picture in its entirety.
What is the dark cloud or situation that is looming over your life today?
Be encouraged because there is a promise for every problem. God has not left you to deal with anything alone. Seek Him through prayer and His word, and He will begin to show you the silver lining. Those lies and negative thoughts will dissipate as you begin to proclaim His promises over your life and all situations.
Remember trials are sometimes just that random piece of the puzzle we call life. One day we will look back and see how it all fits together to create a wonderful masterpiece.