Today, I want to share a personal story with you about the growth of the Lord in my life. A few months ago, the Lord told me I would need to remain flexible in order to succeed through the upcoming call and plan the Lord had for my life.
And I thought to myself, well that seems easy enough Lord, yes I’ll do it. Until it came time to actually live it out, haha. Saying yes and living that yes can be two very different things.
And so the testing and refining season began. I had been given some great prophetic words over my life. Little did I know that they would then begin to be tested and purified in me and my walk with the Lord. I entered a very hard season in my life and many times, didn’t know if I would make it out. But, GOD.
This may seem small to you, but we all have our things, right? This is one of mine and a huge testimony of the work and growth i’ve had in my life with Jesus along my side.
Recently, my husband and I were supposed to have a date day. If you are married with small children, you know just how much of a rarity and reward that can be. We were looking forward to it all week. We had a babysitter and planned out the things we would do just spending that sacred time together.
Well about 4 am the day of, he woke up with the stomach flu that lasted for about 16 hours. I have never seen him this sick, it was intense. Of course, we didn’t get to go out together.
Then I dealt with the lies and fear of the enemy that my children were gonna get it and so on. The enemy continually lies to me that if I stopped doing ministry, he would stop attacking my family and that the reason they get sick so much is because of my obedience to the Lord. Well, we all know that is a lie, so we press on.
But, my point is this: probably only a year ago, this would have upset me so deeply. I would have pouted, complained, all the things; even possibly moped around for days about this. Sounds crazy, but this used to be my reality. If my plans were affected, it would wreck me. But… growth and healing in Jesus.
The day this happened though, of course I was sad, but I remained unshakeable. I told the enemy that this wasn’t going to stop me in any way and I meant it. I was not moved by this. It hurt to not go, and it hurt to see my husband this sick, but I remained strong. Like a tree planted by the water (ref. Jeremiah 17).
The Lord told me a while ago to remain flexible. He told me this is a way to combat the enemy and successfully do the work He was calling me to. I would have to get over myself enough to truly trust the Lord and be flexible, no matter what came. See, frustration is a control thing, which is rooted in fear or distrust of the Lord.
If we really believe God knows the end from the beginning and works all things for our good, then we can work with whatever situation comes our way. We can say, okay Lord this is not what I would have preferred, but I still trust that there can be good that comes out of this because that’s what your Word says. Although this hurts, we will remain flexible and just plan this another time.
I truly handled yesterday so much better than I would have, even probably a few months ago. I was sad, yes, but I didn’t let it get to me. I took it as it came (not that we should expect sickness) and I handled it as best I could and gave the rest to God. I prayed for my husband but he still wasn’t better in time. I could have been mad at God, but I wasn’t. I share all this to say, be flexible. Be immovable. Be unshakable. Be firm in the Lord and trust in Him, for regardless of what comes: He is STILL GOOD!!!
Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is a woman who feels she has experienced a lot of life in her 30 years.
At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, getting a divorce and losing what seemed like everything, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.
Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.
She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.
To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”