HINDSIGHT IS 20/20. There’s a reason for sayings and this one is no different. I can look back on my life in those areas that were puzzling and the dark and difficult seasons when I could see no light at the end of the tunnel, no hope in sight; the times when I cried out to the Lord in hurt and frustration, “Where are You O’ Lord? What are You doing?” and see now that His hands were all over my life, working things out for good, directing my steps, preparing my path. “His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.” John‬ ‭12:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I imagine those were dark days in the disciples lives after Jesus was crucified and all hope was SEEMINGLY lost. They didn’t understand. Why had He shown them so much and walked with them teaching and healing and get them excited for the coming kingdom of God to just be crucified on the cross? What were they to do now when all their dreams were crushed and their purpose destroyed? What voices were they giving their ears to? Would they believe God even when all hope seemed lost or would they believe the neighboring voices of negativity? “We might as well just go back to our old ways. Jesus is gone. It was a fun ride while it lasted.”

What if that was the end of the story? But as we know, it is not. None of that was true. It would all be revealed soon. “Weeping may endure for the night seasons, but joy comes in the morning!” I added the word “seasons” because the night often lasts longer than a day. “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Here’s what you have to ask yourself, “Do I really trust God?” Do you trust that He knows what He’s doing? Do you trust that He has a perfect plan and He’s orchestrating your life? Do you trust that what He’s doing is good? And He can turn a bad situation around? Do you trust God with your life?

I know all hope seems lost and the darkness feels so heavy, but He is not done. It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming! He will arise. He has not forgotten His plan to give you a hope and a future. IF you have left all to follow Him, will He not provide for you in all things? The night seasons are difficult and will refine your character. Give yourself over to the fire. Throw yourself at the mercy of His feet and stay there until He says to move. Put on your armor and be prepared for battle. You may not know what He’s doing now, but you will. #runyourrace

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