We sat on the couch drawing out our rendition of what a princess’ castle looked like. Surely, there would be big doors in the front. There would be windows where the princess would stand and look out, waiting for her prince. Guards would stand on the walls, keeping watch, holding their swords and shields. Flags bearing the royal emblem would wave in all their glory.
And of course there would be a moat. And a drawbridge. Oh, and every castle with a moat must have terrifying alligators swimming in it, right?!
What if we took our sketch and made it a reality? How much fun would that be? And so we did just that!
We build it. We play. We laugh. It’s a masterpiece in her eyes. It’s even better than our sketch. She absolutely loves it.
Isn’t that like us?
We sketch it all out. How life will look. Every single detail of the fairy tale sketched out piece by piece.
Somehow though, what we see looks nothing like the sketch we drew. The crushing forces of disappointment weigh heavy on us. This is not what it’s supposed to look like. This is not how it’s supposed to turn out.
Everywhere you turn, you hear what favor is supposed to look like. They tell you what a blessed life is supposed to appear like. And standing before your disappointment, with all your broken pieces, you begin to wonder, “Is it possible? Can it be? Is God not pleased with me? Is His favor not upon me? Is His blessing not upon my life?”
You take a good look at your life and it looks nothing like what they say it ‘should’ look like, “Surely God is not in this. Surely, He’s forsaken me. Surely, I’ve messed things up.”
He Is Enough
If that’s you- if you feel like God does not approve of you, that His favor has left you, that His blessing is not upon your life…
If you feel God has forsaken you. Let me remind you the words of John 3:16, “for God so loved the world [including you] that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever [that’s me and you] believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.”
Did you get that? God so loved you!
If you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, there is absolutely nothing else you can do to make God love you more. He already gave His most prized possession to live an eternity with you.
All the love, all the approval, all the favor, all the blessings of God became yours the moment you made that declaration of faith.
He is enough.
The Rest Of It Is Part Of The Process
The chaos you’re experiencing, the trials you’ve encountered, the heartbreak you’re enduring… is all part of the process. Your present suffering cannot be compared to the glory which is to be revealed in us (Romans 8:18-28). Remain steadfast.
Know God is enough. He is good and He is good over your life. He loves you, and He has not left you to endure this process alone.
Instead, “He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore [my friend] we will not fear, thought the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” (Psalm 45:1-2).
So when you see your precious castles crumbling apart, bricks falling apart piece-by-piece, know that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Perhaps you’re all too familiar with the disappointment that settles in when things don’t look the way we expected them to. Perhaps you have your own broken-down castles and shattered dreams.
If that’s you, leave me a comment below, or contact me via email. I want to pray with you.
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