Simple Sundays is a series for me to reflect over a few things- mainly all of the amazing things and blessings that have come out of the week, and a lot about what I’ve learned this weekend.
I know from personal experience that a lot of what young Christians struggle with nowadays (especially teens), is not hearing what God is telling them, or not wanting to listen (@myself on that second one). Some of us even feel like D.W. on the left. Sometimes God’s plans are not what we want at all, and to be completely honest, sometimes we feel completely robbed of what we wanted. God doesn’t always give us what we want and things even turn out worse than they already were. But there’s always a catch to this that sometimes we don’t get to see right away. Are we always completely satisfied with what God gives us? Absolutely not. Can we be assured that something is going to come out of it? Absolutely.
This week, a verse I’ve been looking at is Ruth 1:21. “I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty”. This verse is so important, because sometimes, we have to realize that things don’t exactly go our way in God’s plan. Sometimes, we go into something expecting a miraculous and beautiful outcome, and come out with absolutely nothing we want.
This is probably the most frustrating thing about being a Christian, but you have to also trust God with the life he has given you. It’s kind of insane to think that he already has a master plan for us all drawn out, and sometimes that plan is not our favorite thing in the world when we’re going through it. However, when you look back at how things have worked out, it’s all amazing and worth it- even the various hardships.
Sometimes we just don’t want to listen. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a relationship that you’ve been desperate to make happen. Think about this- if it’s not meant to be, there’s most likely a reason why the stars seem to be working against you and preventing it from happening. I know, it’s usually not your favorite thing to hear.
I was talking to one of my friends Julia about how the smallest decisions can change everything. When I switched schools for middle school, I never thought that it would change how much I volunteered, worked with kids at church, and even started my blog. I can’t even imagine how different my life would’ve been had I not changed schools, and I’m so grateful for it. Even though I dreaded that decision for a while, it was all worth it in the end.
This week, I challenge you to go with your instinct. Make your own choices, and don’t be afraid of the potential outcomes. Good luck, y’all.