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Remember: Your Story Is Not Over Yet

I remember one of the most difficult seasons of my life. I held it together for several weeks before finally breaking down in tears in my kitchen, asking God why everything was going wrong at once. I couldn’t handle any more difficulty. I couldn’t control my circumstances. I felt completely alone.

Months later, I can look back on that part of my story and see the grace of God laced through every minute. There, in my kitchen tears, Jesus was present. My story wasn’t over, even though it felt like it was.

Perhaps you’re in the middle of a difficult circumstance. Perhaps life feels full of unknowns or out of control. Maybe you’re in the midst of emotional or physical pain. Let this post remind you that this season is not the sum of your story, but just one part of it.

 

God Is Not Finished With You

It’s natural to feel alone when life gets difficult because faith is an unnatural act. Putting faith in God’s love, presence and goodness is hardest when life isn’t going our way. That’s why faith—the kind that hopes for what it cannot see—is so pleasing to God (Romans 4). Faith acknowledges the facts of life and says, “I choose to trust You anyway.”

We can only do this when we know that God is not finished with us. In lifting our eyes to the long-term plan of Christ, we can see our difficulty as part of God’s story—not just a painful part of our own.

 

Pain Is Temporary; Hope Is Eternal

It helps to remember that pain is temporary; it does not last. And even when heartbreak and physical pain follow us throughout life, they point us to an eternal hope: a time when there will be no more sorrow or tears (Revelation 21:4).

Only three weeks before my daughter was due to be born, my husband and I moved to a new state where I only knew one person. I had never given birth to a child before. None of the hospitals or birth centers in the area would take me so late in pregnancy. I felt utterly alone and completely overwhelmed.

I began to pray fervently that God would support me and be present with me in this season. I knew that He was my only hope—both presently and eternally. Five days after moving, I delivered my daughter at home (it’s quite safe with a midwife!). Childbirth was difficult, but the presence of God gave me the peace and strength to do what I would have never accomplished on my own strength.

That very real, “temporary pain” of birth taught me a profound lesson: Trusting God is hard. But in choosing to believe in Him, we truly find a peace that passes understanding.

 

Your Story Is a Testament to Grace

The pain you’re experiencing might seem pointless—like it keeps you from doing great things for God. But here’s the crazy thing: This pain might be the best thing you could ever DO for the sake of His name! How you handle this season is a testament to the grace and power of God in your life. People are watching you. They look to your life as a Christ-follower. Can your pain preach the gospel?

God is not finished with your story, and what’s more, it’s simply a chapter in the story He is writing for the entire world. You’re part of something bigger than yourself. You’re a daughter of the King. Know Him. Seek Him. Love Him.

Be part of the story He’s writing, and let Him finish the chapter you’re in.

Image: Lightstock | Athena Grace

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