A reader recently contacted me via email. She shared with me her personal struggles of being a military spouse – Settling into a new community; Finding new friends; Making a home for her children; and Coping with her own private insecurities.
She asked me this question,
“Jana, how do you know God has you right where He wants you?”
This was my response:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Psalm 84:3
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
It wasn’t until my early thirties that I began to understand that contained in the Holy Scriptures are both God’s Truths and Promises. He has Truths and Promises embedded in His Holy Scriptures just for me.
As I began reading the Bible with that new nugget of wisdom in mind, I began to see the Scriptures completely different. They began to speak to me on a very personal level. The words no longer described people and stories that took place long ago. The words jumped off of the page filling specific empty spaces in my soul, touching me more deeply than I ever thought possible.
God’s Truths and Promises. Right there. Tucked in the Holy Scriptures. Just for you.
I would write them down on notecards and tape them to my mirror, over my kitchen sink, or to my kitchen cupboards, so that I could be reminded of His love for me when I felt discouragement. So that I could memorize them and store them in my heart. So that I could feel His love whenever I read the familiar words. It was then that the seeds planted long ago began to Sprout, Blossom and Take Root – developing into the personal relationship with Christ that I longed for.
My relationship with Christ is eternal. It is not limited by time, space, or location. He puts no limits on what He can do in my life for me and through me for others. I am the one that puts limits on Him. Slowly over time, I have come to understand that where I am physically – where the Air Force sends us to live and root for a season – doesn’t really matter. When I look at it from an eternal perspective, I feel a peace that surpasses all understanding. What really matters is whether I am in personal relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Because, if I am, then I always feel at home no matter where I am.
Am I certain God has you right where He wants you?
Seek Him in your current circumstances. Seek Him by reading Scripture, praying, and investing time in building a relationship with Him. God is all around you – in the people that cross your path everyday; in the beauty of nature; even in your trials and struggles. You just have to open your eyes, ears, and minds to see His Presence. Ask to see Him and He will reveal Himself to you, sometimes in very unexpected ways.
Maybe the reason for your discomfort – not feeling at home where God has you right now – is so that you will run to Him and seek refuge in Him.
This is absolutely my favorite promise in Scripture. It is one I turn to when I feel stuck and don’t really know what I am supposed to be doing. It offers me comfort at times when I feel unsettled with my current situation, not sure what God is doing.
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
You can count on the fact that God knows your current struggle, your current situation, your current concerns. Seek Him. Wait on Him. He has an answer for you. Often, however, His answers are not as quick as we would like them to be, nor are they what we expect.
Wait for the LORD’s timing and your strength will be renewed! I promise.
Your current discomfort is an opportunity not a roadblock. This world tells us that our discomfort is bad, to be avoided. However, when we choose a life in Christ, we choose to no longer to conform to this world but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. Discomfort in this life can and will lead to a renewal of your mind if you say Yes! to the opportunity instead of allowing yourself to be diverted by the roadblocks in your way. (Romans 12:2)
I would like to end with a prayer. This was read from our church’s pulpit this past Sunday. It is believed but not confirmed that this prayer was written by Saint Francis of Assisi. It struck me to my core. This is not a prayer of this world. But, a prayer filled with wisdom and a depth of Truth beyond our limited comprehension. Ask God to reveal Himself anew to you today.
May God bless you with discomfort at Easy Answers, Half Truths, and Superficial Relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at Injustice, Oppression, and Exploitation of people, so that you may work for Justice, Freedom and Peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer Pain, Rejection, Hunger and War, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to Joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring Justice and Kindness to All our Children and the Poor. Amen
For further inspiration watch this video: May God Bless You with Discomfort