Hey, there! It’s Maddi!
Earlier this year, my family had a VERY tough time. My Mom had to have brain surgery in Long Island, New York. Twice. Then she had to have emergency tests on her kidneys, liver, and pancreas because of all the fluids they gave her. She almost died. My siblings and I had to stay with our cousins for many weeks. They prayed with us and they were with us along the way. One night in particular, my uncle did devotions and talked about how God doesn’t allow bad things to happen for no reason. Actually, they might seem bad but they are good! He wants to strengthen our faith because He loves us so much! My uncle also said that we should always be thankful no matter what. Praising Him, no matter what! That night I was emailing a wonderful friend that I had met during my stay with cousins. I was telling her what I lad learned and I actually thought about what I learned. Then a few seconds later I felt the most AMAZING feeling wash over me. It was peace and ahhh…rest! The peace and rest I had prayed for. The only true peace and rest. It was from God. I knew it as soon as I felt it. Then a few more seconds later God gave me joy! A new perspective! I wasn’t scared or sad anymore. Instead, I was so filled with joy! I thanked God because I finally KNEW why God was allowing that storm. He wanted to strengthen my faith. I thanked and praised Him.
I knew I wasn’t alone. God was there, holding my hand that entire time! He promises to NEVER leave you and me. He’s ALWAYS with us! Whatever you might be facing right now, just know something. God allows those things to happen for a good reason. He wants to see your faith get strengthened because He loves you! More than you will ever know! So you don’t need to be sad or worried. God’s got this. And since He is strengthening your faith, you should be thankful. Praise Him in the storm.
Listen to Steady My Heart, Joyfully, and I Am Not Alone, by Kari Jobe, when you get the chance.
Jesus loves you!