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Hebrews 13:5When I was younger I took the popular saying, “everything happens for a reason,” and changed it. I changed it to, “everything happens for a reason, that’s what we tell ourselves to make us feel better in bad situations.” I clearly did not believe the saying.

What I didn’t get then is that by me saying that I was challenging what I claimed to believe in. God says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

It took me a long time and a lot of mistakes to finally understand it all. See I could have saved myself from a few things that have really hurt me in my adult life, but I didn’t see the whole picture then. And even if I could have seen the whole picture there are still so many things out of my control. Nothing will change that my mom had brain surgery and that my grandparents continually slip into the vast emptiness that is Alzheimer. It would be easy for me to get angry and frustrated for so many trials coming at one time, but God knows me far too well.

He knew what it would take to kick me into living the life He had planned for me because as long as I felt safe, I wasn’t going to move. It took this kick to follow Him into the unknown. MercyMe has a song called Move:

I’m not about to give up
Because I heard you say
There’s gonna be brighter days
There’s gonna be brighter days

I won’t stop, Ill keep my head up
No, I’m not here to stay
There’s gonna be brighter days
There’s gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but wont break
As long as I can see your face

When life wont play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I cant seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I wont let it drag me down
Oh, I’ll keep dancing anyway

I’m gonna move (move)

I took a leap of faith with God and there are brighter days and everything does happen for a reason. We just have to take a moment to breathe and see that even when the world is seemingly falling all around you there is hope. Not only is there hope, but there is love and even when you feel as if the whole world has left you and there is nothing, there is God. Sometimes we are too stubborn for our own good and God knows exactly what to do to make you move.

Trust Him when everything is falling because it just means great things are awaiting you. It just means you had to learn this lesson to get to where you are supposed to be.

If we stop and think about every time we didn’t think we would make it what we would really see are the moments that made us. They didn’t break us.

Smile and keep dancing.