God Will Take You through the Storm

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Ever since I graduated from college in May, I’ve been feeling unfulfilled in terms of where I am in my life right now. I have filled out at least a dozen job applications, mailed out around 15 scholarship and donor letters in order to get help paying for graduate school and network as much as I can in order to get a few doors open to more opportunities. However, it has been almost two months and my efforts have not been successful in the least. For the past 3 years at Liberty University I used my time to study, network and do whatever I could in order to prepare myself for the world outside of the “Liberty Bubble.”

Now that I am in the world outside of the bubble, things do not seem to be going well at all. There hasn’t been a single job that has called me in for an interview or one where my application made it past the first round of applicants.

I live in Southern Virginia and for the past few days we’ve been getting nothing but storm after storm. The day might start out with the sun shining for a couple of hours but before long those dark storm clouds roll in. Next thing you know the sound of thunder rumbles from behind the clouds before a flash of lightning stretches out across the sky. After that, it is followed by the inevitable downpour that goes on and off for hours. 

The storms seem to represent some sort of outward manifestation of the storms that I seem to be going through in my life at the moment. I seem to be going through a storm of struggle, where I’m trying to walk towards success but the wind and rain seem to be pushing me back making the journey a difficult one.

Going further into this situation, I am reminded about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock. During that story, the man who builds his house on a firm and stable foundation will be able to survive the storms that come and beat upon the house. It is meant to represent the kind of life we should live building our foundation on the faith of God. When I think about it, I realize that we are all going to go through hard times in life.

Looking up to the sky, all we can see are the dark clouds making it seem like all is lost. However, it is important to remember that the sun although out of sight is still there behind those clouds. After the storm is over, the clouds will depart but not before that first beam of sunlight cuts through. To me this represents the reward of all of the struggles we must endure during the storm of doubt. For those who keep the faith and keep on going no matter what the storm may dish out, just knowing that the sun is on the other side makes the storms worth it in the long run. 

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Big Dreams, Small Bank Account

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Have you ever had an idea, passion, dream or inspiration that gets you up from your seat and make your blood rush? That thing that makes you want to work towards something that could change your life but then it call comes to a screeching halt.

Sometimes I wish my bank account was as big as my dream is. I know I know, work hard/play harder, “seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open” and all of the other saying people say to you when you are feeling discouraged.

Faith is the key to unlocking the door to our dreams. There are many days where I sit around wondering when my big break as a writer is going to take off or why nothing has happened recently to let me know that I’m on the right path or my hard work is paying off.

I will say there is a lot of truth to how one word of encouragement means more than success. When you are feeling down and someone whispers a word to help you press on brings something new to the table. It lets you know that you are not alone in the struggle.

Someday I hope that I eventually write a song that makes it to the radio waves, a screenplay that makes it to the big screen, a book that is a #1 seller or poems that ignite the souls and passions or people everywhere.

With every word I write on paper or type on my computer, I’m one step closer to my dream. Yes, that bank account, bills, school loans and whatnot seem to drag me down but I know I’m in the valley right now. However, pretty soon I know I will come to the other side to reap the fruits of my hard labor!

Keep on going people, keep your dreams alive! 

God Knows Who Is Right for You

“Wow…just wow…” that has been the only thing on my mind since I came to understand something that I should have figured out a LONG time ago. I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people who over thinks just about anything and everything.

At night when I get in bed to go to sleep, my mind suddenly begins to race thinking about numerous things; conversations I had during the day, past experiences and whatever else decides to pop into my head while I’m trying to sleep.

I don’t know why but suddenly the thought of relationships came to mind. It had to do with the whole “Why am I still single, while just about everyone I know is in a relationship?!?”

It came to me out of nowhere that the right one will come when God tells me. For some reason the story in Genesis 24-26 just jumped to the front of my thoughts. Abraham was getting old and he knew he didn’t have much longer before he would pass on. He wanted his son to marry so that God’s promise would be fulfilled to continue his bloodline to become the father of many nations.

He sent his eldest servant back to his home country to find a wife among his kin since the women in Canaan did not seem right for Isaac.

While waiting at the fountain the servant had no idea of how to pick out a woman since there were so many coming to fetch water. He prayed and God showed him which one. That woman was Rebekah. She gave water to him and offered to water his camels.

Then after I remembered the story, it just hit me that in my lifetime I’ve encountered many women. Most have either become good friends and others were just people that crossed my path but we kept going our own separate directions.

As I got older, I began to ponder whether or not I have already encountered the woman that I was meant to marry.

People have been telling me to be patient and wait on God because He will let me know when the time is right and who the woman He made just for me is. Never have I realized how true that statement was until tonight.

I’m not saying that I’ll be at a fountain waiting for her, it could be at a bus stop, in a grocery store or wherever but one thing is for sure it will be when God sees fit for me to know.

With that little nugget of wisdom God placed on my heart tonight, I feel like I have a weight lifted off my shoulders from occasionally worrying and complaining about being single. Patience and faith are key factors. I mean that servant had no idea who the right woman was or how long he would be waiting at the fountain.

He could have been sitting for awhile before one woman came along, gotten frustrated and just picked the first woman that came. However, he had PATIENCE and FAITH that God would show him the right woman at the right time.

The same holds true for women waiting on the right man to come along. So, to all of the single people reading this message just know that the right person will be coming your way sooner or later. While you are waiting remain patience and keep faith in God because He knows what He is doing! 

Goals are like a Cookie Jar

Remember as a child when you would always want a cookie but your mother would place the jar on the highest shelf in the kitchen?

Whenever she wasn’t around you would sneak into the kitchen and do whatever it took to get the jar down and claim your prize. Push a chair with all of your might, climb up on the counter, take a spatula or stick and try to push the jar to the edge so you could catch it. Finally, you’d somehow manage to get your cookie!

Now that you’ve grown up your goals have changed drastically from wanting a single cookie to things like marriage, finding your career, etc. It is easy to give up when you don’t know how you are going to reach for those goals like you did with the cookie jar.

However, one thing to remember is that when you wanted that cookie you did everything in your power to get it. The same rules apply in your life now. Even though you have grown the same principals apply meaning that you should use every creative bone in your body to come up with ways of finally getting the thing that you have been working so hard to accomplish.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”