If this were my last day on Earth and I had to tell my kids some words to live by, I would tell them to trust God fully to have a happy life.
It’s a really hard concept to submit to and one we all resist in many ways our whole life but it’s so important. So many difficult things that happened to me in my life have happened to bring me to a new and much better spot than I could have thought possible. Divorce, job changes, relationships beginning or ending, have all made a huge difference in the path my life took me on so many times over.
Trusting that God has a plan and knows what is best for us, even when we think we know better, is a much happier way to live life. Resisting makes life seem unfair and extraordinarily difficult.
Recently, our minister taught a whole series about Jonah and his experience when he tried to run from God. While it may seem awful that he was swallowed by a fish for 3 days, he lived and he went on to teach others about God who didn’t really want to hear it.
We all try to run from God and while we may not get literally swallowed by a giant fish, God does find ways to capture us again. This causes us to rethink our actions and see the lessons in the difficulties we experience.
Without a forced change in my job, I would have never written my book because I would have continued in the career I had built, slogging along, doing a job.
Instead, God used a sledgehammer and told me to get another career, in a painful, stressful manner that made me stronger, wiser and now, more accomplished than I could have imagined.
Likewise, my husband and I would not have started our consulting business. This allowed us to communicate better and has made our marriage much stronger. We bonded. This may have never happened but for the challenges we have had.
So the lesson is: Many times things will suck but if you look for the lessons and the gifts God gives you, pray for the Holy Spirit’s voice to speak to you, and wait to see how things to come out on the other side, you can have a very happy and fulfilling life.