This morning I had a little breakfast date with my mom. It was so great just to chat and catch up. We chatted about different stuff for a while and then we started talking about different things that we had gone through in 2016. We began to talk about some of the hard times, and I was telling her about I lesson I wished I could tell a friend of mine. It started with this quote, “The true Christian ideal is not to be happy but to be holy.” I’ve been thinking about that since I saw it because I’ve found it to be really true. This past year there have been many times where I was frustrated with God because I felt like He had taken things from me that I thought He wanted for me. I felt confused and I was sad that I had lost friendships and relationships I cared about, but I also was telling my mom that I felt like I had learned so many lessons throughout the year.
My mom told me that she had felt the same way in the past. When we first moved to the state we live in now my mom was looking at two different houses in the neighborhood we now live in. She LOVED one of the houses but when we placed an offer the homeowners turned us down. They weren’t willing to negotiate and we weren’t able to get either of the houses we wanted. My mom was really upset and disappointed that God didn’t give us either of those homes, even after she prayed for God to give us one. Shortly after, another house came on the market. It was out of my parents budget but they toured it and they really loved it. Eventually they put an offer in on it anyway and were so excited when the previous owners came down on the list price. We are now living in that awesome home and my mom LOVES it!
But that’s not all. Since we bought this house, one of the houses that my mom wanted has had a tree fall on it and just recently it flooded. Now that we are in this home we’ve been able to see that God really blessed us by giving us this house. He kept us out of harms way and gave us a home that’s even better than what we had in mind. As we talked about it, we came to realize that sometimes God needs to take us out of a situation so that we regain our focus on Him and remember that He has a better plan for us.
Here’s what 2016 has taught me. “The Christian ideal is to be happy not holy.” In the end I know that God only has the best in mind for me, but when I’m in the midst of his plan sometimes it feels like the worst. God’s plan can feel like confusion, a broken heart, or happiness. I’ll be the first to tell you that God’s plan doesn’t always feel good, but whenever you reach the end of God’s lesson, you’ll realize exactly why God let things happen the way they did, and trust me, the true clarity you can see on the other side, and the closeness you achieve with God is always worth the pain.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”