It's a very corny title I know. It's definitely been overused since Drake's hit song, but the phrase still reigns true. We surely don't know about Aubrey's experiences finessing down Westown Road, but we do know that God has a plan for everything. Most importantly, his plans trump our own. We believe time and time again that our plans will somehow trump the plans God has for us. It's funny to think that because it presumes that we have more power than the creator of the heavens and earth.
"My presence will go with you and I will give you rest" Exodus 33:14
God's plan for your life might have included some struggles. I don't think anyone has gone through life without any difficulties, without losing focus, or without having fear. God does this because it allows us to regain our focus on him. When we can regain our focus that is where we can access our strength. Peter didn't have the strength to walk on the water until Jesus told him to come. Sometimes we don't have the strength until we listen to God's voice and we focus on what he is telling us to do.
"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength" Isaiah 30:15
Throughout this series, I've talked about a lot. I've talked about allowing yourself to rely on God, falling and getting back up with God, and where you are placing your faith. I think that one of the most important ideas to take away from all of this is that you are valuable. His plan might take you through a lot of crossroads; it might cause you to reflect on different habits and attitudes that need to change. But ultimately, God will give you a reason to use your strength. When we listen and trust in God we gain our strength in Him. We allow him to work for us and within us as well. He uses us as the servants we are for his kingdom. When we learn to listen and serve, we can see how much stronger we become believers in his word and his actions.
"My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians 12:9
One thing I have learned throughout this series is that I do not have to be perfect. I do not have to be the most knowledgeable either. I also don't have to wait to have the strength to feel like I am worthy enough. I can be of service to God even when I am weak. I understand now that it is part of the point, God is simply asking us to come to him in our brokenness and in our weakness because we are not made to be strong forthright. We are made to gain strength from Him. If we were already strong, we wouldn't need him and I don't know about you, but I need God every second of every day.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way" 2 Thessalonians 3:16
You are stronger because of what you went through and I will say it again. You are stronger because of what you went through. Even if you went on the wrong path and you lost your way, God was still there with you throughout all of that. He was covering you and now you have the peace of mind that God will always be with you. Be satisfied with that and dwell in that. God loves you. God brought you through. So, tell your story. There is strength in your story, no matter how embarrassing it may seem or how "weak" it makes you look. God gave you a reason to use your strength so why not share his love and his peace with other people?? You have a better sense of what faith means to you because of what you have gone through and what you are going through. It will not defeat you and it will not destroy you. God will use his power to heal you. You are still valuable no matter how "weak" you feel. There's something to your story and the world needs to hear it.