I remember talking with my wife late last year about how tragic the year had been for so many people and expressing gratitude that our year had actually been a productive and prosperous one for the most part. Little did we know that all of that would change with a surprise genetic injury in our dog. I had Woodrow through college and we were counting on many good years with him, not to be running with him one day and then wondering if we were going to have to be without him the next. Fast forward to today and we have been supporting each other and a half-paralyzed dog and we were quickly swept into the blur of 2020 and 2021 distress. Surprisingly, looking back on what aspects of our life changed so rapidly, I could easily point to times where I admitted I needed to surrender control in prayer, but didn’t seem to know how.
Through failure and adversity I feel we tend to learn the most about ourselves. In this season of life, thresholds of tolerance we previously had understood to be our limits have been long since encroached upon; footholds we always clung to as areas we “had” to control for ourselves have long since unraveled (finances, family, career, etc.), and we are left trying to see where we stand and what solid ground we have. It has been very jarring in my family’s life to try to come to terms with the fact that, despite our scoffing at the idea of building in the sand rather than on the solid rock, we have planted several areas of our life firmly on a weak foundation.
The Lord knows that we have a tendency to compartmentalize the things in our lives, and we offer up pieces of our life to Him, while retaining some so that we are “safe”. I think this season, more than most, we are being challenged to surrender all to Him, for on His solid rock is where our hope can be found. And that rock doesn’t erode or give way, it stays for us to build upon. As we normalize more and more each day, I am combating the idea that we will have to recapture all aspects of our life and hold them close to prevent another season of struggle. Rather, with a renewed hope and trust in the Lord, I believe we can wait with anticipation to see how God can use and provide especially in the areas that we previously had partitioned away from Him.
What aspects of your life have changed in this season? Reflect on what areas of your life you have held apart from God. Do you have an opportunity to put healthy trust in His provision for your life? Pray today that you can see the areas the Lord wants to provide for you, and ask that He gives renewed peace and trust in that process.