I bought this card when I was at my lowest point in 2019. “Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations." It was almost an act of the will to purchase it, but I knew it was true. Something good would ultimately unfold out of the difficult circumstances I was in.
The hill behind me is right behind my house. It’s a bear for my kids to bike up when they accompany me on a walk. But once you get to the top you see acres of beautiful farmland on one side, a pond on the other, and a golf course in the distance. It’s quite the view.
I write this because 2020 was a tough one for everyone. Careers are getting shifted, different education decisions are being made, there has been loss. I would like to speak some words of hope and encouragement to you as we start the new year.
This is not the end of your story. God is weaving something together in your life. To continue with the road metaphor, if it’s foggy, the fog will lift. If it’s bumpy, the road will smooth out. If it’s slippery, things will stabilize.
I cannot tell you how, and I cannot tell you when. But I can speak with absolute confidence that something is unfolding in your life because God is on the throne as much as He has ever been. And His promises are consistently woven throughout Scripture that “The Lord works out everything to its proper end.” (Prov. 16:4).
My confidence to speak these words into your life also come from knowing the character of God. He is good. He is full of tenderness, mercy, and love. (Note: I highly recommend reading and rereading the book Knowing God by J.I. Packer and doing a deep dive into the section on His attributes and the hundreds of Scripture verses that back that up.) .
When everything was crashing around me in my 18 months of extreme difficulty, one thing was stronger than my hurt. And that was my conviction that God is who He says He is.
I was confused about many things, questioning many things, wondering, asking, pleading….but all with an anchored conviction that this God I had studied about and walked with since the age of five had not changed.
I had to bank on that. I had to trust that the fog would indeed lift. The road would indeed smooth out. And by this I don’t mean that circumstances all become perfect again because sometimes - OFTEN - they don’t. And it’s more about a heart transformation or surrender that occurs.
Here I am today. And while I still don’t know a lot of things, A LOT of the fog has indeed lifted. A beautiful destination is totally in sight. And I would have never, ever, ever arrived at that destination if a whole lot of hard, tough things happened first.
I don’t know your story, but if you’re reading this, it means you have one. Dear one, place your heart in God’s hands. He will receive it with tenderness. Place your questions in His hands. He will receive them with grace. Then place your confidence in His hands. He will walk you to a different destination. On the way you may see a few eyesores, but keep holding His hand and you’ll be guided to someplace good and beautiful.
Don’t let go of His hand. He’s an interesting but very good tour guide. 😉🛣
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