It’s easy to say “This is not in God’s plan” when the going gets tough. Don’t get discouraged. I have recently heard a different perspective on this very issue. And it’s not “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” It’s the very opposite. The idea that God is strategically positioning you exactly where you need to be can be extremely difficult to understand. In opposition, God is creating opportunity. Trust in His plan. When you do this, you come to understand that the end of your path truly is victorious. Now, don’t get wrong, I am not a preacher by any means, but this perspective is life changing. I truly believe in the power of Faith.
Don’t judge your future on one stepping stone. That is exactly what each difficulty, disappointment, heartache and closed door is - a stepping stone. God uses these stepping stones to re-position you. These moments are not meant to push you back but instead to propel you forward. Each stepping stone is a test. I have mixed feelings about this too, but, in the perspective of a teacher, we are the only people responsible for passing or failing those tests. We are armed with strength for every battle, and with the knowledge for every test. We need to learn how to make it work for us. Learn from our mistakes, accept our failures, tell our truths no matter how much pain they might bring. All the forces of darkness cannot stop the direction God already has for you. Will you trust Him when things get overwhelming? You have to! Have Faith, your time is coming!
There will always be an afterwards.
Keep doing the right things when the opportunities arise. All of the difficulties, hardships, disappointments and heartache will lead you to greatness. If it never happened, you wouldn’t arrive at your destiny. Every setback is not the enemy. Nothing can happen without God’s permission. You wouldn’t be who you are today without such setbacks. You are beautiful, you are strong, you are smart, you are loved. Who you are today is not who you were yesterday. And who you will become tomorrow depends on the lessons you learn today.
Sometimes what we see as a setback is a set up…for better things. As my Mami always said, “God works in mysterious ways mija.” Stay in Faith, your “afterwards” is coming.