Scrolling through my news feed it looks like everyone is doing something. And doing it well.
These days it seems like everything around me is screaming “be something”, “make your voice heard”, “run towards the applause”.
I can’t help but want to grab what I can and make the world work for my benefit. What’s that old saying? “Grab the bull by the horns”?
If it works for her, it can work for me… right?
I have a calling; I’m in the race but some days I lose focus and start to veer into the next girl’s lane. “Her lane seems so much prettier, so much more appealing, she seems to run it effortlessly. How does she stay so motivated?” I think to myself.
In this world of comparison, most days I feel less than adequate.
I watch all the great triumphs so many people are accomplishing, and I can’t help but think I might be missing something.
But just as my soul becomes distressed His still, small voice whispers,
“THIS IS FULFILLMENT. THIS IS JOY. YOU ARE WHERE I WANT YOU TO BE. I AM WITH YOU. LOOK NOT TO THE WORLD, LOOK TO ME. LOOK AROUND YOU AND TAKE IN MY BEAUTY.”
God speaks in truth and in triumph.
As the Psalmist said, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” -Psalm 43:5 ESV
If there is one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that perspective changes everything.
When I shift my focus to the things of God, His peace commands my attention.
In his infinite goodness He shifts my perspective when I don’t feel capable and allows me to recognize His work around me.
Like me, you may be going through a season of growth. God may be pulling you out of your comfort zone in order to teach you. I’ve found so much complexity in this season, too much to process in a moment. Difficulty mixed with pure joy, confusion alongside of overwhelm. But I’m learning so much and I can see the pattern of growth as I look back through the year.
I pray that as you process the passing year, God would open your eyes to how He’s moved around you. How he’s made a way even when there seemed to be no way. As you contemplate the year ahead may you overflow with hope and find contentment where you are.