Temporary Loss, Eternal Gain
“…show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” John 14:8 ESV
I traced my hands delicately along the ivory colored lace of the stunning dress. I looked in the giant mirrors set before me—eyes welling up with tears. I had found my wedding dress, and it was everything I could have dreamed of. I turned towards my mom who was already visibly crying tears of happiness as she confirmed that this was indeed the dress for me. The bridal consultant placed a veil in my hair, and on the count of three, I was to turn around to see what I would look like as a future Mrs. 1...2...3...
Six months had passed since I purchased the dress, and instead of being thrilled about getting married, I was heartbroken. My engagement had ended in the worst way possible, and I was left trying to pick up the broken pieces of the life I was so looking forward to. I was too engulfed in my despair. I didn’t trust God. I was angry.
Several years later, God has deepened my faith through many trials, and each day the mercy He shows me is astounding. By His grace, He saved me from a really unhealthy relationship...from a man who did not love me like Christ loves the church. Life in no way, shape, or form has gone the way I had ever pictured it to go. Things fall apart, people leave us, and many times we are left bearing the wounds life inflicts. Christians, we must stop white-knuckling the temporary things of this life and grab hold onto the eternal. Christ alone has been my cornerstone throughout all the good and bad that has happened. Jesus is all that thrills my soul, and the joy that comes from His pursuit can never be taken away. When we face the unexpected twists and turns of this life, we can do so with confidence knowing full well it is by His grace that He lovingly uses these circumstances to bring us closer to Him.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. I repent of all my distrust, faithlessness, and self-reliance. Give me strength to completely rely on You as I release my hold on the things of this world. Help my unbelief. In Your name, Amen.
Are you struggling to trust God with your circumstances? Remember His ways are superior than ours even when it doesn’t make sense. Read John 14:8 and rest in that Truth.