As I sit here today, watching Sesame Street over and over on Netflix with my 5 year old while contacting doctors, health insurance companies, looking for contact information for schools, going through checklists, and explaining to the ex why a 2 week visit with our son is complicated at this point in our son's life as we try to cut through mountains of red tape created by the state of Florida to get our son enrolled in middle school for the school year that begins in just over a month (all while bending over backwards to comply with his last minute requests), all while trying to figure out where the money to keep our heads above water is gong to come from and researching and planning to shoot a wedding in 3 months, something I swore I would never do, I am reminded that God's timing is absolute. (How's THAT for a run-on sentence?!) He's not restricted to our schedules and deadlines. I have been feeling so overwhelmed at the amount of responsibilities piling up on my head. Did I mention that I am without transportation because we simply can't afford the $300-400 Florida requires to register our vehicle with them for the first time? But guess what? God isn't surprised by any of this. Because He has a plan. But, His plans are obviously not my plans! and His ways are DEFINITELY not my ways! My ways mess everything up. My plans involve panic and fear. His plans involve hope, and a future!
So, just remember, no matter what you're going through, the battle just isn't yours. The battle is God's. He has already gone before you. Trust in His plans. His timing. His ways. And most importantly, trust in His grace to carry you through these trials. His arms are ALWAYS open to you. He won't leave you. He won't abandon you!
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT)
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NLT)
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 NLT)