My goal of telling you this is simply that you may fully trust Christ in whatever season of life you find yourself. I am asked often would I do a 2 million dollar project again? My short answer is yes, because I could not have learned spiritually what I needed to learn if I hadn’t. I have addressed the spiritual journey here if you’d like to read further: (The Orange Planet: risk, surrender, transformation)
There are some of you who are struggling financially, emotionally, sometimes spiritually and so on. Whatever valley you find yourself in, it is a teacher for sure. Because we are creatures of comfort, we often fight the low points, but I’d encourage you to learn from what God is teaching you because we tend focus more on God in the tougher times.
Life if full of different seasons that include valleys and mountain tops. We found ourselves in a roller coaster ride three years ago. The short of it, we were in 1.5 million in debt, liquidated all $400,000 of our savings and had approximately $32,000 of monthly bills to keep that location running. Looking back, it was incredible that we ran at that location for seven years. Again, you can read more about what that at the link above. The stress was nutty, yet I thrived on it, and it wore me down some days. I often asked God why did you birth in me a dream that didn’t let it happen as fast as I wanted? Now I understand, it was actually going at the speed I needed and He was directing. Often, we think we are in charge but make no mistake, you are the student and He is the teacher.
One of the many lessons I was being taught was that God is always working for His glory and our good. Never the other way around. God is molding us into what He wants us to be. He is ever so close, and knew what we needed every step of the way. Today, we are in a completely different place. Our large debt is removed due to the sale of our building and and the crazy 15-18 hour days vanished. Now, I still get to do what I loved, interacting with people through speaking and instructing basketball skills. God has provided a new job that my wife loves (if you know my wife, she is not a complainer and very content and wasn’t looking for a different job) where she is paid more, we have insurance that is affordable, she has gracious co-workers and enjoys a company that provides more flexibility for our family. It’s all humbling. We didn’t see any of this coming three years ago. Yet He did. We are gracious and are learning to trust what God is doing, to rest and grow where God has us planted at the moment.
Perhaps you don’t like where you are right now or what you are going through. Instead of fighting it, ask God what would you have me learn?
I encourage you as you travel through different seasons, remember God’s got you. He isn’t taken by surprise. God’s timing is rarely our timing. “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14). He has not abandoned you. He knows your heart. Good times or bad, He wants a fully humbled heart. Surrender to Him, confess pride, admit when you are wrong, trust Him, be not only a hearer but a doer of His word. As hard as it may be, try not to run on feelings, but trust His eternal promises. Be consistent in prayer. Cry out to Him, lean on Him. As your Father, He is there, ready to listen.
When you are done with the valley, you will look back and realize that it was there that you learned the most because it was only up that you could look. The trying of your faith will produce the very perseverance you will need for the next season. Thank Him and trust His sovereignty now and for what may come.