Buckle Up

Sorry about no post yesterday on here, but I think I needed the reminder that things are not always wrapped in a tight little bow. Yesterday I went with my mother just to look around at David’s Bridal for dresses and to get an idea of what I wanted. Little did I know, I would end up trying on a couple and find THE ONE. I was so overcome with emotions and tears because I finally felt like a bride and my mother felt it too.

Picture perfect right? Wrong. I had no idea that just three hours later I would be sitting in a parking lot in the dark of night with my fiance trying to change my flat tire. In that moment, I had the decision to let that circumstance ruin my day, ruin my entire moment. I could have let it steal the joy I felt just a few hours earlier and being a person with intense anxiety, I had a million questions running through my brain. What time does Tire Discounters open? Will they be able to fix it or will I need an entire new tire? Can we afford to do all of this, I mean we have so much to pay for?

My fiance drove me to Tire Discounters this morning even though he didn’t have to be up for work until 1. Tire Discounters fixed my tire for $26 and I was only ten minutes late for work. Why in the world am I giving you a play by play of my life? Because I got the reality check I needed. Our lives will never be nice and neat and there will be moments that try and steal your joy. It’s the same way with our relationship with God. Are you always going to be happy with what God is putting you through? No. You can get angry with God, you can yell and cry and bring it all to him. He can take it!

Did I want to be sitting in a parking lot at 12:30 at night when I had to be up early for work? No. But I learned how to work together with my fiance and when the tire was back on, I felt like we had successfully accomplished something. He will never put you through something for no reason. God’s ultimate goal is not to make you miserable and unhappy, that’s Satan. For a long time I thought I could only talk to God when I closed my eyes and prayed. But when I tell you that that is just the enemy getting into your ear, I mean it. God is always ready, arms wide open, ears ready, to listen to you.

James 1:12 (NIV) “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the victor’s crown, the life God has promised to those who love him.”

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Rom 8:37 (Jer) These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.

There are so many places in scripture where we are reminded of the power of the Lord our God. You will have bad days. There is no doubt about it. You will have days where everything feels like it’s going wrong and you just want to cry out, “WHY GOD WHY.” But know that through your trials and tribulations God is with you, and he is preparing you for something so much greater than you could ever imagine. A popped tire is something so small on a scale of bad things. But I still in the moment felt like I didn’t deserve that kind of trouble. The truth of it is, we didn’t deserve God’s love either, but we are so blessed with His love and grace.

When you become a Christian you are not promised rainbows and butterflies. When you become a Christian you vow to take on the pains of this world because He took away pain for us. Give it all to him, leave it all at his feet. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You are more than the messes you face in life. Don’t let your circumstances define you, let them be the boulder in which you climb to conquer the mountain. Shout His name from the top and spread His word. Remember it’s all in the journey and sometimes it’s going to get a little bumpy. Grab the ultimate user manual (BIBLE) and buckle up cutie.

peace and blessings XOXOX