This has been one of those trying weeks.
Emotions seriously out of whack, crying unnecessary tears of disappointment.
But in the midst of the pain and anguish, God’s shown that He does know what is best for me.
And He loves me enough to withhold from me something that I thought I wanted but was completely out of His plan.
Sometimes we place unrealistic expectations on those around us, whether it be our friends, colleagues, spouses. We put them up on a pedestal and we begin to link our happiness and sometimes our contentment to how they treat us or respond to us. I know I did.
And how loving is He to care enough that each time I begin to ground my happiness on whether or not someone meets my expectations, He withholds that relationship from me.
Once I refocus and get my head on straight again, once I go to Him as my source of joy and satisfaction, it’s like He allows me to have it back again, keeping an eye on me and making sure I don’t let my own flesh get in the way of something He has gifted me. He is after all a jealous God – when things or people start to take His place in our lives, He has the authority, power and love to take those things/people away.
You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name.
Lord, thank you for clarity like never before. Forgive me for abusing what you had gifted me. Help me to value and treasure what is presently before me and respect and love those around me within the boundaries you’ve already laid out for me. Thank you for giving me insight to your grand plans for me and thank you for your patience with me.
“Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to skilful and godly wisdom, you are my sister and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend.” – Proverbs 7:2-4 AMP
– Ames –
P.S. Enjoying this song right now…