“Sometimes God does not change your situation, because He is trying to change your heart.” ~Unknown …
I can recall times in my life, in which I had asked God for a specific outcome to a situation that never did happen. Of course, this left me feeling a little let down. But as time went on, I began to realize that by not getting what I had hoped for, I had been given the chance to gain something else that was necessary for my personal growth–perseverance, integrity, faith, hope, humility… and the list goes on. Every time I felt that I knew what I needed, I have found that not only did I manage without receiving it exactly as I had asked, but that I had been given an opportunity to discover necessary growth for my journey through life.
Because of our humanity, we tend to be quite stubborn. Of course, when we are stubborn, we do not do a very good job of listening to what others are telling us. But what if God is speaking to us through the trials and difficulties in our life? What if He is asking us to grow?
There will be things we must face in life that will be difficult–the loss of a loved one, financial struggles, loss of a job, relationship issues. But these are also opportunities for us to grow, to become better husbands and wives, to become more compassionate human beings because we understand the pain of loss, to become better than the person we were yesterday.
Face your challenges today with an open and willing heart.
Questions to consider:
Can you think of a recent situation in which you did not get what you asked for? What was the outcome?
What kind of personal growth did you experience?
How has your heart changed over the course of your life?
For further thought:
“We believe we can change things according to our wishes because that’s the only happy solution we can see. We don’t think of what usually happens and what is also a happy solution: things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change.” ~Marcel Proust