I’m overwhelmed. Stressed out to say the least. Between school, work, family, side jobs, and extracurricular activities, I am 100% spread thin. Finding time to do anything that I enjoy is becoming harder and I am fighting to see the payoff in the end. Through it all I have constant encouragement and support, but sometimes it can be hard to not look up to God and say “Please! Can I just have a quick moment to breathe?” But then He reminds me, “Rochelle, remember my child, these are the very things that you once prayed for.”
How can I not feel ashamed for asking God for a break? He is completely and totally right. At some point, whether it was a week ago, a few months ago, or a year ago, I was praying to Him about one of the many things that I have going on. Always making sure that I let Him know that I am completely fine with His will, whatever it may be. And then I get it! The very thing that I prayed for and when the going gets tough, I ask for a break. How could I be so ungrateful? And then He reminds me:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)
When God gives us the desires of our hearts, know that He never meant that once we got them that hardships wouldn't come with them. If they didn't we wouldn't need Him anymore. He wants to make sure that no matter what comes our way that we will remain fully dependent on Him. He wants us to know that when we go through struggles and difficult times that He is right there waiting and yearning to nurture us and to uplift and strengthen us. The more we trust in God during difficult times, the more we prosper and become stronger examples of what He is capable of.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17: 7-8 ESV)
When we put our trust in God He will make sure that we never fail. He will see us through every situation, every hardship, and every bit of our journey. He is not the kind of God who will bless you and then leave you. He will see you through each phase of your blessing, both the good and the difficult, and He will make sure that you are prosperous enough to bear fruit even in a drought.
Don’t worry or get caught up in all of life’s ups and downs. Be still, be steadfast in faith, and surrender your trust to God and watch what He will do. You’re too blessed to be stressed.