I had no idea what a life truly “undone” could possibly feel and look like until God placed a “real” challenge in my life recently.
This challenge was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Compared to the rest of my life this challenge fully outweighs them all and it only lasted twelve days.
I can not share the details with you but know that in the time of this challenge God showed himself evident more than at any time of my life.
The emotions I felt during this time ranged from scared, nauseous, depressed, overwhelmed, and stressed. I lost 8 lbs in 12 days due to the emotions I was experiencing.
Like I said, I have had no other challenge in my life that brought these kinds of emotions and feeling in my body. I now have a new-found appreciation for those that are going through “life stuff” that brings them to their knees.
I don’t think it was a mistake God brought this challenge into our family’s life.
The fruit that flowed out of it is as follows:
- We prayed more as a family and as a married couple.
- Our teenage girls became a team and really liked each other.
- We stretched our hearts and minds further than we thought they could go.
- We saw spiritual gifts arise in both our girls.
- My husband found his voice and authority.
The evidence of God’s greatness comes forth when we step out of our comfort and into the assignments (challenges) God places in our lives for a purpose and a time.
When we decide to fully embrace God’s grace for each moment of the challenge, He shows up in ways we would have never imagined.
I could write a book how the hand of God showed up in such intimate ways during those twelve days. I knew it was God because there was no other explanation.
I’m not sure exactly what you are going through right now but if it feels like any of the emotions I was feeling I know it’s heavy and can feel hopeless.
BUT, we serve a God that meets up where we are and gives us exactly what we need even when we don’t ask. He just loves us that much!!!
I truly have to say my eyes have been opened to another level of compassion and I want to be here for you to encourage, empower and enlighten you to see that you aren’t alone.
In the midst of the challenge, the last thing you want to hear is some cliché conversations.
Truly the best gift that was given to me during that time was some “authentic” hugs and prayer. That’s what I needed! That’s what I desired! That’s what God used!