Returning disliked items is so easy today. When we receive something we aren't satisfied with, we just run to Walmart and exchange it for something else. Have you ever wished you could return your life? Have you ever prayed and prayed for something to happen and then when it does, you wish it had NEVER happened? Man, I have definitely felt that way. After I have made some decisions, I have wished I could rewind time and change them. We can't return our lives for something more glamorous or glittery. We are stuck exactly as we are. The good news is that Jesus Christ loves us just as we are! He doesn't want us to be perfect and we never will be! He throws curve balls our way to help shape us into the people He wants us to be.
Knowing all of this doesn't make it easy though. Even today I was struggling with the way some situations in my life have turned out. I angrily asked God, "Why are you making my life this way? Haven't I served you enough??" God just smiled at me and whispered, "Emily, without that obstacle in your life, you wouldn't be Emily. You wouldn't have the same character that you have today. I love you and I would never do anything to harm you. Trust me. I will lead you through the storms of life."
Thank you Jesus for my life. Help me to praise you in any and every situation. Guide me through life's trials and help me to keep my eyes on you.