What are you leaving behind in order to move forward with God?

Written by Sue Schmitt

 

Philippians 3:14. 
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. NIV

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. NLT

 

My picture of happiness is all of my children and grandchildren gathered around my table in the house. We are sharing a meal, and sharing our stories of love and laughter throughout our years together. There is no greater feeling than being with those you have loved and nurtured for almost 40 years. This is my wish, but not my reality. I have a broken family. Two of my daughters have chosen to exit my family. It is heartbreaking, and yet I hear God ask me to continue to pray and follow him. Can I leave behind the perfect picture that I thought was my family, and still follow God with love and joy?

I recently read Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get Through This. He used parallels of the story of Joseph to illustrate how we suffer today. I can relate to Joseph. I have been cast out by my daughters. Joseph was sold by his brothers. He was only 17 years old when his brothers threw him in the cistern. He was 37 when he would see his brothers again, and still a few years later before he would see his own father. Sometimes, God takes his time. I haven’t seen one of my daughters in five years, and the other in a year. It feels like an eternity to me. Joseph never lost sight of God, and always remained firm in his faith.

Geneses 39:20-21 says, “But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him: he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” Joseph endured slavery, exile, imprisonment, for over 20 years before he was reunited with his brother. When the opportunity arrived, he was without anger.

God took 120 years to prepare Noah for the flood, and he took 80 years to prepare Moses for his work! God wants us to trust him and defeat Satan. God can turn any bad situation into a teaching moment with a good result. Life is hard. Everyone has suffering and difficulties. If we keep our eyes focused on God, and His word, God will see us through the difficult times. God is our refuge and strength.

Maybe we need to surrender our wants, and ask God, what is it that He wants? Do you trust God enough to surrender your brokenness? Allow God to have the time and show you what He has in store for you. If we trust God to do the next best thing in our lives, the results are limitless.

Maybe you do not suffer from a broken family, maybe it’s a frustrating job, or a difficult school. Give it to God. Pray for his help, and guidance to leave the hurt behind you. What might God have in store for me that could be better than anything I could have imagined? What are the possibilities? God is limitless. You may be surprised!


6 Responses to “What are you leaving behind in order to move forward with God?”

  1. Holly says:

    Susan,,your writing has touched my heart,,thank you for sharing a bit of your story,, it takes alot of courage to speak of our hurts,,but God will use this as a blessing for many, including me,,,in Christ. Holly

  2. Ronald VanTyle says:

    Susan this has blessed me. We know exactly how you feel. We pray for you and your family all the time that you and yours would have healing. We pray the same for ours. I know you understand the pain but you also understand God has a plan for us. All we can truly trust is in Him. His Word is truth. Thank you so much for sharing. ❤✝️🙏

  3. Pat Peterson says:

    Great post, Sue! All things are possible. God has the answer in store <3

  4. Bonita Cadle says:

    Beautiful, heart-felt words. ❤️🙏

  5. Martha says:

    Thank you for sharing your family’s life journey. We all have some form of brokenness at some time in our lives. We cannot understand the big picture, but I know God was right there with me. We will pray for restoration in your famiy.

  6. Martha says:

    Thank you for sharing your family’s life journey. We all have some form of brokenness at some time in our lives. We cannot understand the big picture, but I know God was right there with me. We will pray for restoration.

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