Why is it so easy to get discouraged despite the obvious fact that God is working great things? How can I have such great joy in one area of my life where it is so amazingly clear that God has restored peace and hope and brought joy and excitement, and yet feel so discouraged in other areas? How can I see God's glory as He cleans up messes, meanwhile despairing of the messes I have that yet need cleaned up? Is my faith really so small that I cannot believe, or choose to not believe, that God is working in all the areas? Do I limit God by thinking he only has enough time, energy or focus to fix one area of my life at a time? Do I doubt His ability? Or is it His desire I doubt?
These are the questions that I ask myself as I feel so distraught over some, rather tiny I suppose, issues in my life and yet simultaneously feel more joy than I have felt in a very long time. How can I see what God has done for me and those I love and despair that I cannot handle these other issues alone? Do I forget that God isn't calling me to do anything alone? Do I forget that He who restores hope restores finances and relationships?
Why is it so easy to put God in this place and that situation, but forget to invite him into that other situation, the one you want to forget?
Now is the time that I need to remind myself of one of my favorite sayings: "God is good, ALL the time!" and to remind myself of a verse I need to hear from time to time: "Be still, and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10.
So I'm writing this as a reminder, God is Good! It is His job to fix the world. The joy of the Lord IS my strength. I'm going to pick up and dust myself off, try not to worry about the things I can't change and try to follow what God has planned for my life. Sounds easy enough...