For the past month, I have been praying for answers. What will I do after school? Where will I live? What will my life look like 6 months down the road? These are things I have worried and stressed about for months, but over this past month of prayer I finally realized what my answer is:
What months ago seemed like the dreaded answer I knew I would get but didn’t want to accept has now become one of the greatest blessings in disguise.
You see, one of the things I’ve learned in my walk with Christ is that God does his own thing, and he does it better than anyone ever could. His timing, his plan, and his faithfulness all remain in perfect condition.
In finding that I am just going to have to be patient and wait for His plan to unfold, God somehow managed to show a new depth to his faithfulness in giving me the answer to a question I didn’t even realize I was asking.
He gave me peace. And y’all let me just say that I have never in my life been so overwhelmed with pure, hopeful joy as I have these past few weeks. I have no answers to where my life will be this time next year, but I have been given something so much greater.
I didn’t intend for this post to be all about me, but as much as I read and hear and speak about the peace God offers, I feel as if I am only now experiencing it in truth. The peace God offers is different. His peace is capable of melting every worry from your soul, every wound you still hold tight, and every single anxious thought that tries to crowd out what you know to be true in Christ. His peace replaces any doubt with a trust that burns so deep it seems as if nothing could break it.
And the joy. Of all things His peace has brought into my heart, the joy is priceless. Even now, as I sit and wait for one of the most important exam scores of my life (really), I find myself full of joy because I have his peace.
Tonight I pray you find the same peace. I hope that as you pray for whatever it is your heart desires, you take the time to listen. He may not give you the answer you want, but He will answer. He will answer in His way, in His time, and it will be exactly what you need because He is good and He is sovereign.
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
– Romans 15:13
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!