A New Foundation
My family, has always been in church and we’ve always been believers. However, God hasn’t always been the center of our families life. For a long time I’ve prayed for my family to grow closer to God, that He would be the foundation of our family. Honestly, through the years it hasn’t been my most consistent prayer. However, it has always been one of my heart’s deepest desires. As a family, we’ve been through so much together. We’ve been through each others personal struggles, and our struggles together as a family. Nevertheless, through the struggles God has always been faithful to see us through.
As time went on my I began to see my family submit and devote our lives to God. And let me tell you this; it didn’t happen over night, it was a journey. Through all that we had been through God was changing our hearts the entire time. Even we couldn’t see it in ourselves. I remember when we were all together standing at the alter at church asking them to pray for us as we begin making Him the head of our family. Then things began to change...
The moment we decided to make God the head of our family’s life, He immediately went to work. Know that my Mom and Step-Dad always worked hard and they both had good jobs. Howbeit, When Jesus got involved, my Mom got hurt on her job and she wasn’t getting paid for it. Also, my Step-Dad got laid off of his job for at least a month. All of this once we finally decided to put our trust in Him, and make Him the head of our lives. At this point I’m asking God the same question you may be asking as you read this, WHY!? It didn’t make sense to me. I’ve been praying for this for a long time, and I know that this is something that not only I wanted, but something He always wanted as well. It took us a long time to get to this place and now this? Everything [seemed] to be going in reverse. Why is it that the first thing He does is take away the one thing that was our families security and comfort.
Through much prayer, the answer became clear. If we wanted God to be the center and the foundation of our family, He would have to strip us of the old foundation that was in place before Him. Honestly, hearing that from Him gave me peace about what was going on, but going through that with Him was nothing short of a challenge. But challenge is good. Challenging our faith and our dependency upon God strengthens us. We had to trust that though the rug was being pulled from under us, God was going to be faithful and replace it with Him. Our solid rock & our strong foundation. Faithful He is and faithful He has shown us to be. Because through it all, we never lacked. Bills were paid, needs were meet, and above all else we were growing closer to God. Often times the painful parts of our journey with God are shaping up to be the most beautiful part of our journey. So let the posture of our hearts be the same when God is taking away as it is when God is giving. Because there’s no greater ‘thing’ that we’re asking for that is greater than what God has wrapped up within Himself to give to us.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be blessed. -Job 1:21