Lately I’ve been perplexed by life, by my own life, saddened by how things didn’t work out the way I’ve planned or hoped it to be. Thinking of what could’ve been have I made better choices and not so many mistakes. On life’s journey things break and they fall apart, we frantically try to correct our past and often the outcome is not what we hoped for.
Sometimes we make mistakes that alters our course and sometimes we just have no control. Take the woman battling cancer undergoing chemotherapy. She didn’t plan to have cancer and die at age 40, but it happened and she has to live with the fact and fear that therapy may not work and she might have to leave her three young children behind. Then there’s the child battling cancer in the children’s ward. He has dreams of becoming a pilot one day, he didn’t plan on dying at age five. But he might not survive and will have to leave his dreams and loved-ones behind. Things didn’t work out as they’ve planned. In both cases, the ones fighting for survival and the ones who might be left behind are left with two choices – Do I give up on life and quit or do I move on, accept what I cannot change and trust God to help me on the journey ahead?
Sometimes it seems that the troubles of this life are hunting us down and we get hit very hard, but as scripture says: “We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” (2 Cor. 4:9 TLB)
We serve a living God and He doesn’t want us to quit, He’s always with us. To quit would mean that we don’t trust Him. That we don’t trust Him to take our past mistakes or present circumstances and turn it into something absolutely new and beautiful. After all, He promised to give us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:3 NIV) In Him and through Him there is always hope.
Looking at my life now, with this fresh revelation in mind, I realise that I really don’t have any reason to quit. I still have life. I might, at times, sit in a corner and cry for the life I was supposed to have, but I will not stay there. I will get up and face life with God by my side, believing that He will make everything to work out for my good, even though I don’t understand why things didn’t turn out the way I wanted to. I love how the Living Bible affirms this: “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.” (Romans 8:28 TLB)
As Paul says: “I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” (Philipians 3:13 TLB) We dare not quit, we dare not surrender to the challenges of this life – we need to take courage and keep moving forward, our story ain’t over yet.
God bless you.
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