Recently my husband got a promotion. For those of you who know us, you know this is a HUGE answer to prayer. Many prayers. Many prayers by many a faithful friend. We’ve lost two homes, a couple cars, said goodbye to more than one dream and, through which we learned to love one another through our mistakes and junk…family loss and death…miscarriage…broken relationships with children…Myriad personal and interpersonal struggles…
After 12 years of marriage, we’ve asked God to intervene MANY a time…
Sometimes when we ask God for breakthrough or change, we have a picture in our head of what that needs to look like. There are usually angels singing and clouds parting, with truth and love floating in the air and justice reigning supreme (in our favor, of course). In reality, however, it’s often times extremely messy once we let God get involved, and not often do we get to our “promised land” without some serious internal change.
Looking ourselves in a mirror is never easy.
More often than not, God chooses to change US and our perspective, over changing our situation. While I can’t tell you I have loved every moment of marriage and parenting, I CAN say that I have strength I never knew I had, faith deeper than I could have imagined, a God bigger than I could have dreamed, and a level of grace I am not sure is attainable without having walked through some serious valleys.
If you are in a desert season, or a trying time, keep your eyes on Him. I know it sounds cliche’ but I know of no other way through which to navigate this (mostly rocky) journey called life, without a serious dependence on God, and a desperation so great we are willing to allow ourselves to be molded into the image of Christ, through such desperation.
Keep faith and keep on. One way or the other, your promotion is coming.