Have you ever been in that place where you don't feel like you're getting anywhere in life?
Have you ever felt like God has given you a test and you're failing it?
Have you ever wanted to take things into your own hands and make them work out your way but you know that God's plan is greater?
Have you ever felt that God is taking too long to tell you what to do and where to go so you think you could probably figure stuff out way faster?
Sound relatable? And not to mention stressful, confusing and just plain hard.
I think there are two ways you can handle such a situation. You can either fight against it (and end up making yourself more miserable) or accept that this is where God has you right now (and strive to praise Him even during the difficulties).
Something a lot of Christians worry about is that by struggling, it means they're 'failing the test'. This is so far from the truth.
Hallelujiah, we are free to struggle. We're not struggling to be free.
- Tenth Avenue North, 'The Struggle'
In fact, the more pain you feel, the more struggle you have and the more you are winning. It's a fight against our human nature's want and desire to take things into our own hands.
I was talking to a friend recently about what a blessing some hardships in life can be. Struggling with wanting to do more for the LORD but not having an open door [yet]. That's good. Because it shows that we aren't comfortable with where we're at. It means we have goals and dreams and we're trying to reach them. What we need to learn and accept, though, is that God is the one shaping and molding us. Things will happen in His perfect timing. And it's only by His strength that we can get through the hard times.
You are a warrior. And someone once said, 'God only gives the toughest battles to His strongest warriors'. He's teaching you something through this. Cooperate with His gentle touch. His potter's hands. He has great plans for you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.
God's got this.
'Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.'
- Isaiah 48:17