That is what God has been saying to me..not in a harsh way..but in a firm way. Stay where you are and face the circumstances that you are in. Stop wishing everything would change. It seems that He knows exactly why I am in these particular circumstances and He is using them to shape me..to strengthen me..to prepare me..to make me more like Him.
My reaction to stressful times is the desire to escape..to dream of flying away to a tropical paradise where there is no pressure and no responsibility. I started dreaming about escaping as a child.. when I was unhappy at home. There were real reasons for my unhappiness..but no one told me that God was with me..so I struggled to make sense of the things that happened. Everything is different now.
I no longer live in that home..I love my life. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. Relationships are messy.. we are all complicated and each one of us has baggage. It takes courage to stay in the game..it would be easier to withdraw..to become monks..to spend all our time alone with God. That is not His plan or His way. When Jesus was here.. on earth..He spent most of his time with people..hurting people. He did take time away to recharge..we need this to. Then He returned to those who needed His touch.
The message for me is very simple..keep going..realize that the very things we face everyday are there for a purpose and a reason. God is not punishing us..abandoning us, or forgetting us. He is with us…teaching us..molding us, and caring for us.
” Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength..they will soar on wings like eagles!”