A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? Proverbs 20:24
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Jeremiah 10:23
Yesterday was an emotional day for many of us. We gathered as a church family to worship, pray, cry, reflect and remember God's faithfulness after the storm. People would walk down the hallway and see a friend, neighbor, co-worker or even a complete stranger and ask, "how are you doing?" Small talk and pleasantries replaced by a listening ear, a concerned heart, and an empathetic demeanor.
People who had lost touch reconnected. Opportunities to have deeper, more meaningful dialogues presented themselves in ways that wouldn't have occurred if Florence didn't come our way. These conversations lead to tears, laughter and hugs, and an understanding that together we would get through this ordeal stronger and more united.
Each conversation I had reminded me that EVERYBODY has a story. Some stayed and rode out the storm while others headed out of town. Some people's homes remained unscathed while others lost everything. Some managed to get back into town to lend a hand while others wrestled with impatience and feelings of helplessness because the roads did not allow a safe route back to the city.
God is telling a story through you and your circumstances. There are ramifications to a statement like that, I know. It means God has you and me in precisely the story He wants us to be facing right now. Colliding with truth like that can sting, especially if we don't like how our story is currently playing out. We look around and wonder what God is up and can't quite grasp how all the pieces of our story will come together. Some of our stories are pressing us to the brink and making us question everything, even God Himself. We might wish we could trade our story for someone else's.
But, here's the thing: no matter what our story might be, we have to trust Him with it. He wants to do something in us as well as through us, and it will be profound. God always pushes us to places of deeper intimacy and dependence where He can form and shape our character. By processing our story, we are pursuing His heart. The path perhaps isn't clear, and we can't see all the way down the road, but we can take a step of faith that leads us to the next chapter of our story.
How are you processing your story emotionally right now?
What would it look like to trust God with your story?
God, let me walk in Your ways, even when I'm confused, hurting or disoriented. Remind me that there is a greater purpose for what I'm encountering. Refine me through my circumstances and push me to trust that You are good, all of the time. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.