Friday, September 7, 2012

God is ENOUGH!!!

Let nothing trouble you
Let nothing frighten you
Everything passes, but God never changes
Whoever has God, wants, for nothing
Patience obtains all
 This prayer by Teresa of Avila is so beautiful when you listen to the words in detail.

“Let Nothing Trouble You,” don’t worry, God’s got your back! This is always a hard one. I’m one of those people who gets picked on and pushed around or sometimes flat out ignored like I’m not even there and it hurts. I’m not going to lie and tell you that it doesn’t hurt, because it does. But, that doesn’t give me a reason to be upset and “troubled” all the time. God has put each and everyone of us in the certain situation that we are in, we may not particularly like it, believe me, I hate it at my high school, but you know what God picked that specific high school, so there is a reason I am there. Remember that the next time you are shoved around in the hallway or are working on a project all by yourself because you are too shy to meet someone new, God could be using you, just listen for his voice, He will guide you on the right path. It may not be the easy path but it will get you where you need to go.
“Let Nothing Frighten You,” you never walk alone, be not afraid. I’ve always loved that bible verse about running and not growing weary because God is at our side. I don’t know the actual Bible citation, but there is a song we sing at church: “We will run and not grow weary, for our God will be our strength, and we will fly like and eagle, we will rise again.” you see, we never need to be afraid because God will never leave our side. I love thinking of God as the big papa bear. He’s lovable and always there for us and guiding us in our ways and our protector. So you never need to fear.
“Everything passes, but God never changes,” Now I particularly like this line because it’s pretty much saying: you know what, things change people move on, you may get hurt but you know what, God will be with you through it all and He will still love you no matter what you do. Now, how awesome is that!? J We have a loving God who loves us no matter what we do! J Now, we can disappoint Him, but He will always be ready to welcome us back when we turn back to Him. <3
“Whoever has God wants for nothing,” Can you believe it? All we need is God? How can that be? Remember, God is your Father, the Papa Bear, He will provide. Don’t cling too much to this world (money, popularity, society) cause God is not of this world.
“Patience obtains all,” ever heard the phrase, “Patience is a virtue?” well, yeah, but is it a virtue you obtain? I’m just going to say flat out: this is the only thing that bugs me about this prayer. I suck at patience! I’m the type of person who will have a count down going a whole year before something. But, God is big on patience. “Good things come to those who wait,” heard that one too? Think about it, we wait for just about everything in life: wait in line, wait for meals, wait for a tv show to come on, wait for a friend to text back, wait for school to start/end, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! But the thing we wait most for is for God to answer our prayers. And sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we want, or we don’t realize that He actually did answer that prayer. “Patience obtains all” really does encompass a lot of what offering ourselves to God in pray means. When we get to heaven, it will all be explained. God does everything with a purpose, you may have to wait for the result, but your reward lies in heaven.
“God is ENOUGH!” If God is for us who can stand against us!? Well, I will tell you one thing, not even the devil can take you away from God’s love. He can make you think that God has turned His back on you and make you feel like you’re all alone, but you know what? God’s got your back through it all, He will never leave you, He is ENOUGH, SUFFICIENT, ADEQUATE, etc. God can handle this life, heck; Jesus took the butt of it. Jesus knows and understands what you are going through, he suffered too. He understands, this life may throw you into anger, depression, feelings of worthlessness, pain, loneliness… but God will take care of you through it all, He will carry you.