So many times in my life I start to finally feel as if everything is going wonderfully. I am in such a peaceful and calm state, and shortly after, my world gets shaken up like crazy. Have you ever felt that way?
I grew up going to church with my family, but in 2013 I truly gave my heart over to Christ. Ever since then, I would struggle with the question of “why do bad things happen to good people?,” because I felt as though living my life for The Lord would somehow fix everything in my life. I have been gossiped about, been at the wrong place at the wrong time, and have had many cases of people not believing in me. In the past, I never thought that being a Christian would make me perfect, but for some reason I thought it would make all of my problems disappear.
I quickly learned that just because we are Christians does not mean that we don’t live in this same world. The world holds all types of people with many types of belief systems. And regardless of what we believe, we are all going to encounter difficult situations because that is the way that life works. What I have found is that once I put my trust in God and His plan for my life, it is so much easier to believe that everything truly does happen for a reason, according to His purpose.
I will share a personal example of when I recently went through a very difficult situation. Everything about my upcoming first year of college seemed so perfect, and then something happened that was completely out of my control. I will spare you all of the details, but it shook up my whole picture-perfect idea of what college would be like. I asked God- why? Why would He cause me to go through a situation that would make me feel so lost, uncomfortable, and upset? Though this may seem like the exact opposite answer, it’s because He loves me. He wants me to grow, to build my character, and I know that in some crazy way that I may not comprehend right now, He has something better planned for me.
So when God throws you curveballs, what do you do? Pray, stay faithful, and trust in Him. He is looking out for us, and He has a plan laid out for each of us that is better than anything we could ever imagine.
“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
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