What Are You Thankful God Removed?
Full Life Reflection: November 15th
2010 was the year independent adulthood came knocking at my door. Starting my first teaching job in a new city, I found myself away from everything and everyone I knew. Not to mention, I was also still recovering from a severe car accident, so my abilities and energy level were not quite back to normal.
While I was anxious and slightly hesitant to be completely on my own, I grew to love the freedom that came with it. God had removed much of what I was familiar with in daily life. And there was now a stirring in my heart to find a church home. I wanted to study God’s Word and learn more about my Savior.
For two years, God showed me the value of being alone. I had time to invest in my relationship with the Lord with few distractions other than work. I had the opportunity to get involved in church, make new relationships that weren’t tied to anyone or anything I knew before, and I could read and journal every day as I studied God’s Word.
It was definitely hard and lonely at times, but it was also a tremendous blessing to rely on the Lord in my loneliness. It was a time of intense and needed growth. That time prepared me for what was to come next and laid the framework for many of the habits I continue to carry today in my walk with the Lord.
Looking back, I’m thankful God removed much of what I knew in that season of life. My hardships were good for me, and God taking so much of what I knew away allowed me to draw closer to My Savior.
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.Psalm 119:71-72
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.Psalm 119:59-60