In life, you will have stepping stones placed on your path. There is not a way to avoid this because it is the cycle of life. You will experience ups and downs, parched seasons, and blooming seasons. Stones aren’t placed before you to harm you but to grow your faith and relationship with God. He wants to show you how much He loves you by providing for you – even if that takes removing something in your life and allowing you to feel heartache. You can’t see the plan God has set forth before you but I do know that it is a plan to prosper you and give you a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
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So don’t say, “if God loved me, then He wouldn’t allow me to experience hardship.”
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Romans 5: 3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
If you aren’t careful you may find you stub your toe, trip over the stone and fall. Maybe you fell years ago and just aren’t sure where things went wrong in life. You could be in a place where you feel like you keep getting pushed back down on stones you thought you already crossed only to lose hope. Perhaps you need to have a come to Jesus meeting and ask God about the stone you’re stuck on.
Life moves forward and each day passes quickly. The days do not wait on us so we must continue to move forward with them. You can use your current stone to rise above, step by step to the next stone or you can stay where you are questioning God, being bitter, and stuck in a rut.
[bctt tweet=”The choice is yours, but won’t you ask God what you need to learn from the current stone in your life? Are you going to choose to allow God to work through the stone you are experiencing now or Are you going to choose to question God and doubt His love for you and the desire in His heart for you to have the best life yet?” username=”BarefootHannahB”]
Change your mind! Choose to look at the stones in life as an opportunity to grow, love others, and most importantly get to know God’s heart on a deeper and more intimate level.
How are you choosing to look at the stepping stones in your life? You are chosen and your steps are already planned. You are living the adventure, keep moving forward.