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Recently, I found myself grieving over the past failures in my life…all of the mistakes, all of the faults, all of the regrets, and all of the tears cried over each one. I suppose this bout of self doubt has been brought on by my inability to find a job here in Michigan…and that each day I don’t hear from those I apply with keep me in the dark is one day closer to the inevitably gloomy reality that I may not be as qualified or as successful as I would like to think myself to be.
And being married to a successful doctor in the making doesn’t really help.
But as I awake to this cool, windy, August afternoon (yes, slept in until 1:30pm), I find myself awakening to a newly found peace and hope. I couldn’t really explain it…I couldn’t put my finger on it. It seems that the circumstances to which I have awaken everyday for the past almost-two months would have killed any sense of hope in myself. But today was different. Today (in my groggy, just slept 12 hours mind), I had a renewed sense of “I CAN CONQUER THE WORLD TODAY!!” It is a blessing, but a confusing one. Therefore, I ran to the one source where I could find answers to the confusion.
“Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgression – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed to us in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
~ Ephesians 2:4-7 (NIV)
So the answer is clear – even in death due to sin and transgression, if I now have victory over it through the grace of God, how can I ever doubt that I can have victory over my simple occupational and financial woes in Him as well? Christ’s powerful sacrifice is a demonstration of His ability to take care of that which we had NO power to resolve…finding me a job, which I do have some control over, should be a cakewalk for Him! And if He chooses not to grant it for me, our financial woes of living on a single salary is powerless over us because we have the destroyer of eternal death on our side.
When one is awakened to this realization, one can only awaken to a resounding sense of peace, joy, and victory over whatever this world has to throw at her. We are all set to be victorious, brothers and sisters, because we trust in a God that has done the impossible. We are on the path to victory because we follow a Savior that has won victory for us. Therefore, we can be confident that no matter what the troubles, whether physical, mental, spiritual, financial, or occupational, we will be victorious in Him.
Hope this Auspicious Almost-Autumn August Afternoon finds all of you feeling victorious.