Romans 8:28 (NIV) – “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.”
I have been through some tough times in my life. As a child I had numerous health challenges that have continued to manifest as I have grown into an adult. My family is really close and there are a lot of us. Death of family members has been a constant reminder of the importance of life. I have had many other challenges, a broken marriage, loss of job, and the list could go on. There are times I find myself wondering “why” and asking God why me? I know I am not the only one who has trials and tribulations. However, when its you, it’s hard to think differently.
Often as people get to know me and hear about my life they respond by saying, “so much at such a young age,” Others have said, “God must have some great work for you to do” or “He knows that you are strong.” There was a time when I wasn’t able to receive that message. As I have grown more mature and wiser in my faith walk with Christ I now can share my testimony and say “But God!” instead of “why me”?
Because I realize if it wasn’t for God and his grace and mercy – my life could and would be a different story. As I look back I can see that each time I went through the trial – He was there. Every time I cried a tear – at the mention of His name I felt the comforter rock me. When the burden felt to heavy, I learned how to pray and leave it there at the altar. Yes, I know that I can lean and depend on my God! There truly is nothing you can say that will take me away from my God. He is merciful and His love endures forever!
I want my journey to inspire others. My strength is not my own. Truly, I could not do this without Him. So when you feel yourself facing tough issues and you begin asking God why me? Just know he isn’t finished with you yet and remember He is the burden bearer.
Thank you for the grace and mercy You have shown me. I come to You with an open heart and mind as I face challenging times. I just ask that you allow me to remember that. Too, give me the courage and conviction to share my testimony of your goodness with others.