God's way of dealing with a crisis is not necessarily changing location, but is oftentimes staying the course.
We run....from the world.....from our problems....sometimes we run from God himself. We change "location" when the waters get rough. The change in location is not always a physical one. We change jobs. We change relationships. Sometimes it is our mind that changes its "location". We forget about God, we overlook our responsibilities, we walk away from a problem. How many times do we not stay the course to wait and see what the lesson is we are to learn from it? Do we trust God enough to stay the course and wait for God's plan to come to fruition? As the waves build and we struggle to stay afloat, are we turning toward what we think will be calmer water? Or are we following God's compass of perseverance to stay the course?
When Naomi, her husband, and sons left Bethlehem to go to Moab, they believed leaving a land of famine would improve their situation. However, changing their location didn't prevent Naomi's husband and sons from dying in a land they thought would save them. (Ruth 1:1-5) Instead, Naomi became a widow and a grieving mother. Besides her daughter-in-laws, Naomi was alone. Alone in a destitute land. Alone in a foreign land. Alone. With no friends. No family. No comfort. Naomi realizes how blessed she was in Bethlehem. Despite the trials of famine and poverty, she had a family. A treasure she did not fully appreciate until they were gone. (Ruth 1:21).
"Changing your location" may seem like it will solve your crisis for the moment. But it does not always improve your situation. Trust that the Lord will give you what you need to get through whatever trial you are facing.
"Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
In crisis there are lessons to learn from, there is the opportunity to strength your faith, and to grow in ways we never dreamed of. There are blessings to be found in the rough waters if you seek to find them. . In changing our location we lose the opportunity to find the hidden treasures "right here". There is a story being written through every crisis. Your story to share with others, a plan unfolding that we cannot begin to understand.
The next time you find yourself in a situation that makes you want to change location.....STOP. Run to Him. Dig your heels into the ground, put on the ARMOUR of GOD and stay the course. Trust in HIS plan instead of YOURS. And know that God does not want you to run from this crisis, but rather run to him in order to face it. Then, if He leads you to pull up those roots and change that location, you will do so with greater strength, greater faith, and the knowledge that He is making your path straight.
I would love to hear how God has worked in your life when you have stayed the course!
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