Friday, August 8, 2014

You Don't Always Get What You Want In Life

You don’t always get what you want in life.

Life goes a totally different direction than you want, at times. Sometimes people make choices that affect you, and it’s not welcome. Sometimes, changes have to be made for mere physical or emotional survival.

Life just happens. And it happens to us, with us, around us, and about us – whether or not we are on board with what is going on.

Things can really stink, at times. We hurt and we grieve over losses that have happened to us, or will happen to us. In the process, our attitudes can become bitter and hardened and we can say things that inflict a wound on someone else.

Let me say it again. You don’t always get what you want in life.  How we handle those moments, though, says a lot about our character.  Are we vengeful and spitting hurtful words at those who sit in front of us, or are we gracious and trusting that God has the events all in the palms of His hands?

I’m often reminded how no detail is a surprise to God. No circumstance beyond His control. He knew it would all unfold the way it did, and He knows the ending, as well.  And when I’m reminded of these facts, I grow more at peace with what is going on, because I know my God is GOOD and He wants GOOD things for me.  Even if what I’m going through is painful – I can pray that He will get all the glory when all is said and done. And that’s enough for me. It’s enough, because I know if He gets all the glory, that everything will work out as it should. As it’s meant to.  Even if it’s not what I would have wanted.

Our pride is a big thing. Setting it aside and letting God weave and work through our circumstances is hard. We forget so easily. We think we know better. We act as if we’re smarter. We fail to see that there could be any other plan besides our own.

And yet, sometimes, there is. A bigger plan. A better plan.

We don’t always get what we want in life. Sometimes we get less. But, sometimes? Sometimes, we get MORE.  Trust in God. Believe in what He’s doing with and FOR you. Have integrity through the process.

And watch things unfold as they were meant to be.

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