My family and I were at the beach last week. We had a fantastic time playing in the ocean and relaxing beach side. Our time away was just what I needed.
I spent quiet time with the Lord over beautiful sunrises and talked to him while walking the beach. His magnificent creation calmed my spirit. The fears and concerns that had been weighing me down lifted, one at a time until I was fully settled in the mighty and protective arms of my Heavenly Father. He helped me remember the past and it encouraged my weary heart.
Every time I looked out into the vast ocean, I remembered all God has done for me. How he rescued me and 41 other refugees as we drifted into the middle of the mighty Pacific Ocean on a tiny, beaten down, wooden fishing boat. How he saved us from the raging waters of fierce storms and spared every life on that boat from the Thai pirates’ attack. How he caused them to supply us with food and drink when we were empty of both. How he kept us alive for eleven days at sea when the odds were against us at every turn.
When I remember the God acts in my past, I can’t help but believe that his purpose for my life cannot be thwarted by anyone or anything. The work he designed for me and assigned to me is irrevocable. No one and nothing can change his sovereign plans. I need not fear or fret when obstacles and challenges come at me. God saved me so I can do the work he has prepared for me to do. This gives me tremendous hope to keep moving forward into the unknown. It reminds me to trust God, always.
Perhaps, you are facing obstacles and challenges right now that are causing you to doubt God. Maybe you feel stuck in a season, a place, or a relationship and have difficulty understanding why God is not moving in your situation. You may question why he is allowing suffering and misery, and why he isn’t giving you what you deeply desire. The unknowns can make you bitter and harden your heart against God. Don’t be afraid to ask God the tough questions. Get the frustrations out of you. But always remember the God in your past.
Remember what God has already done for you. Recount all the ways he has helped you. How he rescued you from troubles. How he has provided for your needs and even given you the things you want. Remember, he did all these things because he has a plan for your life. No one and nothing can change his personal and intentional designed purpose for your life.
Don’t fret. Choose to believe that God’s purpose for your life stands firm. Trust that his plans are for your good. Remember his past works in your life. Let it give you hope. Let it encourage you to keep pressing forward.