Keeping on….

This post is a follow up to the one last one I wrote.. it seems like the topic of life’s disappointments continues to surface daily for me. One of the most difficult things to face is the fact that people’s choices often impact our lives in huge ways yet there is literally nothing we can do to make them behave differently..We can pray for them..and with them..we can talk with them. We can point out the things that would help them.. yet the choice is still theirs.

If you are the care-giving type like I am.. nothing feels like it is enough.. so there is a certain level of frustration that is difficult to handle. As I wrestle through these things.. I hear a quiet voice saying ” Rest in me, look to me, remember me.. I am in this.” It is God..speaking His truth to my heart. He is sovereign over everything and everyone..His plan is unfolding and He is going to redeem everything in the end. We are only passing through this place..our lives are so far from perfect, our relationships are so complicated..we know so little about God’s purposes.

He is asking us to trust Him when nothing makes sense..when others frustrate us, when our hearts are broken in many places. He is calling us to come to Him in a greater way..to lean on Him and to allow Him to comfort and heal us. Do you need this? I do.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” ( Isaiah 43:1-3)

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6 thoughts on “Keeping on….

  1. Hi Alicia,

    I love this post. What you’ve written resonates with me on a lot of levels, feeling like I’m not doing enough, knowing that others decisions and ways impact my own life so profoundly and knowing there’s nothing I can do about it. I really like the way you expressed it, “One of the most difficult things to face is the fact that people’s choices often impact our lives in huge ways yet there is literally nothing we can do to make them behave differently.” This flies in the face of the culture we live in, where we are taught if we work and try hard enough things will change, which is not necessarily so. That being said, the Lord says the same thing to me as He does to you, rest in Him, He is in this and He has the situation well in hand.

    I think of you often! 🙂

    Blessings,
    Sarah

  2. Sarah.. I am so glad you commented..This is a hard thing to face isn’t it? Yet we know that despite people’s choices God is sovereign and He will redeem it all.
    xo Alicia

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