I can’t even comprehend the feelings and the words to describe how incredibly grateful I am that Jesus thought so much of me, and us, that he was willing to give His life on the cross for our sins. Even as I’m sitting here and I’m trying to come up with the words that perfectly describe how blessed I feel to know how immense His love is and that He was willing to do THAT much for us, I’m starting to realize that a simple “thank you” doesn’t even come close to describing His sacrifice for us.
As humans, we are constantly unsatisfied with what we have. There’s always a part of us that’s missing and we’re constantly searching to find the piece of the puzzle that will complete us. I think that somewhere along the line, we start realizing that we could have everything we want- the celebrity, the fame, the money, the dream job, the fancy cars and the incredibly gorgeous guy by your side- and it still wouldn’t be enough. We start picking apart the things about us that aren’t good enough and we start letting other people dictate our lives, telling us that what we’re doing isn’t good enough or that we’re not good enough for them. And maybe that piece of the puzzle for a lot of us is love, or a family, or maybe we find it when we find out who we are while getting to travel the world. I tend to struggle with this, especially when there’s a constant pang of panic inside of me when somebody falls in love or gets engaged, I can’t help but say, “That should be me. That’s where I should be right now.” And sometimes, it’s hard to be happy for those people when we feel like they’re living the lives that we always thought that we were meant to live. But at the end of the day, God finished the story of our lives before we were even born, and even though it’s the hardest thing in the world, we have to trust that God knows our desires and he knows where we should be. And if being single is in the cards for me right now, then I just have to trust that He knows what He’s doing (and trust me, He does). God has all of us exactly where He wants us. But it’s up to us to decide to trust that plan or not. We’re all searching for happiness, but someone once told me that happiness isn’t a destination. It’s a mood. It’s not permanent. It comes and goes and if people thought of it that way, then maybe people will find happiness more often.
In our prayers, we’re constantly begging and pleading God for our lives to turn out the way that we’ve always envisioned it turning out. He does so much for us, and we’re still sitting here and begging Him for the things that we’re not satisfied with. I’ve learned that we shouldn’t be pleading with God for our lives to turn out the way WE want it to. We should be begging and pleading with God for our lives to turn out the way HE wants it to. Trust is a huge issue for a lot of people and we find it so hard to accept the idea that somebody else is in complete control of our lives. But once you start praising God in the hallway, your life will be so much richer and so much more beautiful than you could have imagined.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He bled for us. With a love like that, nothing is impossible. So if it’s love that you’re searching for, Jesus will love you far more than any man will ever love you. So the next time you’re trying hard to impress that guy – or spilling your heart out to someone that may not even be there for you in the end- just remember that you are more than enough for Him. He holds all of your fears, your dreams & desires, your conversations that you have with Him, your memories and the moments that you can’t remember being anything but happy in the palm of his hand. He knows you from the inside out. And I can’t think of a better way to be loved by someone who died to know you.
The glory of God has defeated the night. The cross is enough. HE IS ENOUGH. And at the end of my life, if that’s all that I’ve ever learned, then that’s more than I could’ve ever asked for.
HE IS RISEN. CHRIST HAS RISEN.
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11