“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
It could be worse.
I have to tell myself this over and over on a daily basis, knowing my life definitely could be worse. I scroll through social media, glancing at all the pretty pictures and pretty people who get to enjoy life the way they want (or so it seems). Grief and loss surround me constantly, and it’s tough not to get wrapped up in the “what if’s”. What if I had more money? What if I didn’t have to risk my body for the sake of my baby? What if I had finished my degree and followed my career dreams? Or for many of you, the thought of having a deceased loved one back into your life is something you dream of.
So, what do we do? How do we get passed this nagging feeling that there should be more in life? This life we believe we actually deserve. John Piper states it beautifully: “Occasionally, weep deeply over the life that you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Feel the pain. Then wash your face, trust God, and embrace the life that he’s given you.” We are called to embrace the life God has given to us in this very moment—wholeheartedly, with joyful acceptance, and not grudging obedience. Why? Because our Heavenly Father knows us better than we know ourselves; He knows the absolute best things for our lives, whether we think so or not. Trust Him that He works everything out for our good, sisters.
Occasionally, weep deeply over the sadness of this world. Allow yourself to grieve and to mourn the life you had hoped for, but keep your eyes focused heavily on Christ and the world to come…and be thankful for what He has blessed you with—forever hope in the Gospel of Christ.
Praise You, Father, for You know what is better for my life more than I could ever imagine! Life is hard, and there are seasons of grief and mourning where I long to trust Your will, but I struggle. Help me to embrace the life you have given me and for me to be thankful for Your saving grace. Amen.
Are you embracing the life God has given you, or are you mourning the life you wish you would have? Reflect on Isaiah 43:18-19 where God promised to deliver His people from the wilderness.