Have you ever heard a song that kind of sounded like something that was written for you in your season? For me, I heard it about 6 months ago.
“It is well,” was released in 2014, and is based on the classic hymn, “It is well with my soul.” It was written from a place of struggle and worry, and understanding that our problems aren’t as big as we make them in the light of eternity.
There is a lyric in the chorus that rocked me. It literally hit my heart in the season of life where I find myself currently.
“Through it all, my eyes are on You.”
Isn’t it crazy that when we deal with stress and worry, our prayer is always for God to take it away? We want God to just solve all of our problems and make life happy. Even more than that, we want God to keep our problems away.
Unfortunately for us, this isn’t how God operates.
6 months ago, and even today, my prayer has been to take the stress and worry away. I was facing payments for our wedding and no answers on how we can afford everything. My soon-to-be wife was hospitalized with pneumonia, and part of me saw that as losing income that would have been turned into wedding payments.
Today, as I write this, I am one week away from quitting my job and going back to school full-time. I am starting to worry about our savings and not being able to provide the life I want for Carissa and myself. I am worried about looking back and resenting myself for making a decision that impacts Carissa as well as myself.
In both instances, I’ve prayed that God work it out and take care of it:”God solve my problems. Thanks.”
God showed me something that has impacted my season and will impact your life if you implement this practice. It’s simple:
Don’t pray for God to take away your struggle. Pray for God to help you focus on Him through your struggle.
Growth happens, not when you have no problems in your life, but when you come through the struggle and are better for it. It’s not an easy thing to ask. Focusing on Christ will allow you to understand there is purpose in every season.
Focus on Christ. Trust the process. He will work out the details.