So much of life is unpredictable. If there's anything I've learned over the past year, it's that. I can formulate such perfect plans, mapping out my life to the very last detail, and in one short moment they are all turned upside down. And that's when I suddenly find myself at God's feet again, having no choice other than to trust Him with it all.

Trust. It's a word that at face value seems so simple, yet in reality demands so much more. The thought of letting go of everything you've counted on, the ledge you've been clinging to, and believing that God will hold you up… it's scary. It's utterly frightening. Especially at those times when all your circumstances are telling you that your world's unravelling to shreds, it seems like lunacy to go on believing the promise that all things work together for good. I want to question - angrily, more often than not - why things have happened this way. Why, just when everything seemed to be going perfectly, it all starts to fall apart again.

But you know what? It's times like these that we need Him most. It's times like these, when we can't see two steps ahead for the thick fog that clouds our future, that we have no choice but to let it all go and return to His arms. Pressing on in faith, believing in His promises, loving and making yourself vulnerable when you have no idea whether it will all be in vain… no one said it was easy. It's one of the hardest feats demanded of the human soul. But through it all, He is shaping us, crafting us, making us holy like His Son.

And it's all worth it in the end. Because if your heart is in His hands, if you are rooted and grounded in His great love, then you are free. You know, deep down, that He has your ultimate good at heart. You know that He has written a more beautiful story for your life than any you could ever dream up yourself. You know that there is a purpose behind everything - even if you can't imagine what on earth it might be! And you can just rest, trusting in your heavenly Father to guide you each step of the way. For He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.

So wait for him. Look for His hand in your life. And just let yourself go, free to love and be loved in return, resting in the assurance of His grace and provision and boundless, limitless, extravagant love.

"…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."


grace said…
Oh lovely lady. You're beautiful!
Jean said…
How inspiring you are! Love you!
ブリー said…
Hey Julia!
I often visit your blog (ever since we've met, really haha) just to see what's going on in your life and to follow along with your cooking and japanese and photography adventures.
Today I happened to come and see this post...and it couldn't have been more perfectly times.
Thank you for sharing. God used it to remind me that I'm in his plan...I was especially struggling today with trusting him...with seeing that my plans fail in comparison to his.

So thank you :)
Nicole said…
I love you, Julia!

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