“You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life.
As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
and I know true joy and contentment.”
Psalm 16:11 (VOICE)
As a child of God, you can believe in the truth that God’s will for your life is always the best place to be. He created you, and He knew you before your very first heartbeat. He knows all your strengths and all your weaknesses, and He knows the exact purpose that He had in mind for your unique life. Seeking His guidance and following His direction will always lead to a beautiful life where you experience true joy and contentment. If He guides you on a certain path, you can be confident that He will be right beside you and will equip you for the journey. “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8(NIV)
So if you are facing a big decision or venturing into a new chapter in your life, continually seek divine wisdom and guidance from your Heavenly Father. He will direct your steps and illuminate the perfect pathway to your beautiful life ~ the life He designed just for you! Trust in His precious promises:
- “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
- “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 (NIV)
“Yet God has made everything beautiful in its own time.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11a (NLT)
The wondrous transformation of a grubby caterpillar into a graceful butterfly is one of the most fascinating processes in nature. The last important phase of the complete metamorphosis includes the newly formed butterfly’s struggle to emerge from its gauzy cocoon. As the new creature works to free itself from the cocoon encasing, fluid is pumped into its delicate wings. If someone from the outside tries to “help” the butterfly by ripping open the cocoon, the butterfly’s wings will never be fully developed, nor strong enough, for flight. So the struggle to emerge from its protective covering is perhaps the most critical step in the butterfly’s preparation for its new life of flight. Without the struggle, the butterfly will never be capable of flight.
Compare this process to your own life. Are you struggling through some sort of difficulty right now? At the moment it is impossible to envision any sort of “beauty” that could emerge from the ugliness of your circumstances. Perhaps you long for an easy way out of your problems. You wish that someone would come along and make everything “right” again.
But remind yourself that as you work though your challenges, you are becoming stronger. Your “faith muscles” are being groomed and strengthened. God will use this hardship to transform your development as a believer, and you will emerge from your trials with stronger faith than you ever would have experienced without the struggle.
Remember that you are not alone during this rough time. God promises to be with you through every difficult circumstance. Turn to Him and seek His guidance to help you solve your problems. Ask Him to give you the strength to endure the trial. Trust Him completely and know that you will come out on the other side of the challenge as a well-developed child of God, ready to face a new phase in life.
Most of all, remember that God makes everything beautiful in its own time. Wait patiently to see the beauty that will emerge from your struggles.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.
Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. “
James 1:2-4 MSG