What a week this has been! This was a week where God gave me one more piece of my puzzle. Let me explain....My Brenna loves to put together puzzles. She does just like I used to do. First thing is to prop up the box so she can see the final picture. Then, piece by piece she puts her masterpiece together.
Well, our life is often like a puzzle. Although we aren't given the final picture, we are promised in Romans 8:28 that it will all work together for good. God wants to turn our lives into something beautiful! A Masterpiece! But, we are given one piece at a time. Sometimes they are beautiful pieces full of color. Other times, they are quite dull and you're not really sure where to fit them and how they will work in the puzzle. This week I was given a beautiful piece that fit perfect. God is so good!
This week I took my girls, along with 3 other teens and a wonderful lady that came as a counselor, to Youth Conference in Gulfport, Mississippi! When we first heard the dates of the conference, we knew we wanted to go! One of the preachers was going to be Bob Gray II. On the mission field we would watch lots of preaching online. One of my girls favorites was Bob Gray. They were thrilled that we were actually going to hear him in person!!
He preached a very convicting message on "Your Sanctuary" He spoke on the importance on having time alone with the Lord and how that time will change how your view of the world. It was great!
At invitation time, my girls jumped up to head to the altar to pray. I followed them and as we knelt down together, the Holy Spirit brought to my mind the past few years. It has been quite confusing as we have been through some trials. At times, we often didn't understand what the Lord was doing. Why was I sick? Why did we have to come of the mission field? What was the direction for our future? Slowly, God has revealed some of the whys. But, all those answers don't always come at once. I thought of the excitement of that day as we were all so excited to hear Bob Gray and couldn't wait for the night of preaching! As I knelt, I felt the Holy Spirit asking, "Has it been worth it?" "You've been through a few things, but I've had my hand on you. And I've had my hand on your girls. This night is a dream come true for them! Has it been worth it? Do you trust me?" Oh my. My answer was , "Oh, Yes, Lord! It's all been worth it! I trust you!!" God is so good to me! I'm so thankful for His working in my life!