June 18, 2018

LOVING THE STRUGGLE.


The struggle is still real guys, but this time around, I'm embracing it for what it is--a struggle. I feel like this post is really just a second installation, or sequel, to this one. This Spring brought on a slew of challenges internally and I've honestly struggled to stay afloat. I felt like nothing was going my way (which it won't because newsflash, I don't control the world) and I was frustrated that my plans--under my timing--weren't coming to fruition, either.

Somewhere in the middle of that mess last month, the light bulb (finally) went off and I realized that the struggle is a good thing. It's a challenge, sure. And it's not fun, but it's good. And I'm learning to lean in, let go, and accept it for what it is. I could struggle and fight it (or ignore it) but neither of those solutions makes the battle just disappear. In fact, I think it only makes it harder to overcome.

Not only is a struggle strengthening me for the future, but I've realized that a struggle or battle or hurdle is evidence of my need for Him as well. If my life was easy and if everything happened when I wanted it to, I'd have no need for Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer.

And I know that's one of the reasons why I've since fallen in love with challenges. Challenges keep me humble, they keep my eyes on Him, and they remind me that I need to depend on Him and Him alone.

I know that if it wasn't for His faithful pursuit, this heart of mine would still be cold and hard. And I would still be trying to run away from His love. This shift in perspective has nothing to do with me, but all to do with Him.

And I'm grateful for the chance to enjoy the challenge again. 
© IN ITS TIMEMaira Gall