I felt anything but encouraged when I came across a Bible verse I used to love. Reading it again salted an old wound of disappointment that grew deeper rather than heal over.
But God loves us too much not to paint gold linings in our storm clouds.
The day before feeling this fresh sting, I heard some encouraging words regarding triumphant things that happen during hardships when we’re tapped into Scriptures:
- We grow wiser.
- We grow stronger.
- We grow closer to God.
Trials train our faith much like workouts strengthen athletes.
As I pondered this, my gratitude grew. I’m grateful God allowed me to experience several storms in a row. Honestly, I’ve never been more dependent–more connected–to the Lord than I am now.
Are you curious what verse used to be a favorite? Here it is:
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
Psalm 20:4 NIV
I may not have the desires of my heart; however, God has more of my heart than He did before. This means I desire His will for me. That’s a win-win.
I may not have succeeded in many of my plans; however, God has replaced my plans with His plans.
… but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7 NIV
If we trust God when He replaces our plans with His plans, we’re blessed with peace and joy.
A simple example of this is when I heeded the Spirit’s nudge to accept my husband’s offer to head out of town with him for the day. It meant I needed to trust I would meet a deadline while doing so.
Sure enough, because my husband was at home while I finished the project, he was able to fix a problem I encountered. If I had said no to his invitation, he would have gone to work instead, and I wouldn’t have met my deadline because I don’t have the tech savvy to figure out computer glitches.
My husband fixed the glitch, and we went to see Butterfly World. Bonus.
I’m glad I didn’t ignore that verse. I’m glad I gave it a chance to defend itself.
I’m glad God never gives up on us.
We lean not upon our strength
For desires and plans to succeed
But we trust in God alone
In whom we hope and believe
We lean not upon mankind
For our hope to be fulfilled
But we dare to rest in God
Whose power reigneth still.
As you can see from all the butterflies, I had fun.
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I’m nosy-to-know what gold linings you’ve discovered during a storm?