We should know that life never goes to plan. Sometimes the unexpected is a pleasant visitor that brightens our day, and sometimes he is a rude intruder that robs us of our peace of mind.
Who Am I?
Some people can handle either type of the unexpected in stride while never losing their calm, peaceful faith. What do these steadfast people have that others strive for? Some may say they have faith that everything will be okay.
Many rock-solid people full of an unshakeable faith have experienced horrific tragedies that have not all worked out to be “okay.” It was not that their faith was not strong enough; it was that God had other plans. Our faith should be in God’s strength to get us through any experience in life, no matter how devastating, regardless of the intense pain or disappointment, even if it does not turn out “okay.”
Psalm 46:3 says "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." (NIV).
In the end, I will
So, when your world gives way, your life falls apart, and the tide is against you, remember that He is our refuge and strength. He doesn’t promise us that bad things won’t happen. But, he does promise us that He will never leave us or forsake us. Everything we experience passes through His hands, but those same hands guide us through the challenges and pain, comfort us when it hurts, and deliver us to the place where He wants us to be.
Tricia Jenkins is married to James Jenkins, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Rising Sun, In. They have three adult children and a new daughter-in-law.
In addition to her professional life, she plays several roles in the church as well as in the community.
Tricia’s giftedness shows up in many areas as she loves creating and designing in her spare time.