“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” -Isaiah 43:2
God is in control.
Most of us would agree with that statement. But it’s funny how agreeing with something is completely different than living it out!
I recently made a collegiate soccer team, and while it was never something that I lived for, I counted it (and still do) as such a blessing from the Lord. Well, practice started, and by the end of the first week, a ligament in my foot was sending strong signals that something wasn’t right. I knew I’d have to sit out at least a couple days of practice, and probably more depending on what the injury was. I kept telling myself that it’d just be a few days. Yet, those few days would pass with little or no improvement. I’d then convince myself that returning back to practice was right around the corner. This occurred a couple times, but instead of thinking I’d have to take 1-2 days off at a time, it turned into a whole week off. And then another one.
I was so discouraged and frustrated. In the back of my mind, I kept reminding myself that the Lord had clearly opened this opportunity up. What was He trying to teach me?
How we see God will determine how we interpret events around us. It should be such a comfort to remember that creator God holds all things together (Colossians 1:17). From that should stem our approach to enduring trials.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.‘”
James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Psalms 61:2 says, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
And my favorite verse about trusting the Lord in hardships is Isaiah 55:9-
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I hope that reminding yourself of these truths can encourage you in whatever struggles you’re facing…it’s helped me tremendously, though I’ll be the first to admit that it’s still a struggle occasionally.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever know the reason why God allowed this trial in my life. Maybe it saved me from further injury in a different part of my body. Or maybe it was so I could learn more about what it means to trust God’s sovereignty. The cool thing is that even though we can’t see exactly why right now, we can see that God has our best in mind, and that perspective should help us know that everything is ok.
Whatever the reason, I look forward to the day when I can look back and say, “Was blind, but now I see!”