Hey friends. This week has been a crazy one hasn’t it? I know it has been for me, and I’m sure it’s been an emotional roller-coaster for some of you too. It boggles my mind how much can happen in the short span of 7 days, but oh man can those 7 days really change the next.
Today I just want to chat with y’all about a concept I’ve been thinking about, one that came across me the other day that has given me so much assurance and gained trust in the Lord. And yes I will admit, I don’t always completely trust in God. He constantly has to remind me that He’s trustworthy, but don’t worry- I’m working on it.
Anyways, this concept that I’m talking about is the fact that God is perfect. His ways, His thoughts, His, actions, His PLANS- they are all utterly and amazingly perfect.
Y’all are probably thinking “Duh Kassie, of COURSE God is perfect. He is God after all.” And yeah that’s true, but really think about that for a moment. I let this idea wrap around my pea-sized head and I could barely fathom it.
A PERFECT God loves me and He loves you, and He wants to bless us with the very best a life with Him has to offer. He wants nothing less for us. This means that we have to realize that what we want isn’t always the best.
And boy did the Lord teach me that.
As most of you know, I volunteer with an organization called “Mount Nebo” in which me and many other Jesus-lovin’ people go hang out with kids living in under-resourced communities and tell them about the gospel. I’ve been in this org since last August, and I’ve learned so much through it. However, there was something I was disappointed about this past semester as I kept seeing these kids every week.
No matter how hard I tried, I could not connect with a child. It was such a challenge and I didn’t understand why. After a while I assumed I simply wasn’t meant for the job, and talking with children wasn’t something I was actually called to do. Little did I know that God had something in store.
Mount Nebo recently got the opportunity to reach out to a new community. Looking for volunteers, I decided to join in and help. I knew that the kids at my current community were so loved by other volunteers, and the children in this new community needed to know that they are loved too. So I went to visit the new kiddos this past Thursday and oh man y’all,
the Lord. is. SO. DANG. GOOD.
As soon as I saw their sweet faces, I knew that I was where I needed to be; it was no mistake. I left that community filled with joy, the type of happiness that only comes from God Himself. Not only was I joyful, but kind of shocked too. Now remember, I thought I couldn’t connect with kids. Coming into this community I thought I had a zero chance of having meaningful conversations with a child, but thankfully I was so so wrong.
Y’all, not only is God perfect, but He is bigger and better than we are. Our thoughts, ideas, expectations, assumptions, are so much smaller than what He has planned.
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. – Isaiah 55:8-9
Don’t be discouraged by this truth, instead rejoice! Isn’t it neat that we don’t have to have everything figured out? As long as we trust in the Lord, He does the rest! And He does it gladly and magnificently!
I don’t know about you guys, but that truth gave me so much peace. I was so upset last semester because I trusted in my own assumptions about myself instead of my identity in Christ. Not only that, but I didn’t take into consideration that my thoughts are so limited. I didn’t know why I couldn’t connect with the children in the first community, I just knew that it wasn’t happening, but I felt like I had to know the answer. In reality, all I really needed was to trust God that He saw me and my situation, and that He was doing something about it. And lo and behold my Lord made my situation good, better than I could have ever imagined.
Readers, if you’re going through something right now that you flat out don’t understand, let God know. Tell Him how frustrated you are and how confusing everything is, and once you do that, give Him the situation; I promise He will make something beautiful out of it. I am so grateful that our God isn’t a god who succumbs to our wants, but provides in abundance our needs. If it weren’t for that, would joy be a thing? I don’t think so.
He must become greater; I must become less. – John 3:30