I love mornings. I think I always have. I wake up and go downstairs for coffee, sit in my cozy orange-pink chairs my grandmother gave me, and settle in with the current study book I am reading. 30 minutes of quiet before the crazy day commences. Now, that is sanity.
This morning wasn’t any different… well, kind of. I walked downstairs, realized I was out of coffee (Noooo!), zipped on over to Marvin’s to grab some (back in action!) and settled into my chair by 7. Woof, close call! I sat down with my coffee in hand and the book at my side and pretty quickly realized I have been here before. Three years ago, I was in another house in this exact chair, reading this exact book, drinking probably out of exact mug (let’s pretend for stories sake, yah?), seeking the exact same God. And in this moment all I can think is – My God is Faithful.
You see, three years ago is when I graduated from college. To the exact weekend. I didn’t get an offer from the company I wanted a job with/ didn’t have a job at all, I had no idea what I was going to do for money, and I was going insane with the amount of time on my hands. I felt completely out of control – and guess what, I like control. So every morning, I sat with this book and begged for God to lead me and make me like Him.
Fast forward three years and I’m opening the same book for the first time since then before heading to work at the same company I wanted a job at after college. And all I can think is – My God is Faithful.
It is crazy to look back at exact moments of your life and see all that has changed within the years. Many of the changes are really good: friends get married, jobs change, adventures are taken and new friends arrive. And many of the changes seem pretty awful: friends move, jobs are lost, tragedy occurs and so much more. But looking at the chunk of time, there is nothing that can assure me more of my future than God’s faithfulness. When we are lost, He directs our paths. When we are broken, He restores our soul. When we have no idea what our future looks like, He knows the exact course of our days. When we are broken, He is faithful.
As humans, we are always going. We are graduating college or moving to a new city. We are waiting for God to bring a spouse or preparing for our our first child. We are changing jobs, retiring from jobs, asking for a job. We are all seeking. But this we can count on, through it all God will be faithful. This is so easily forgotten in the midst of chaos or when you feel like your life is spinning out of control. But take a chunk of time, sit down with a piece of paper and recount – from little to big things – of God’s faithfulness. Not only in your life, but in the lives that surround you. It may not have been your plan, but it was the plan to bring God glory. And from there, before you resume your day, be confident and rest in the fact that you have a mighty, faithful God on your side.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!” Psalm 111:7-9
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13