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Posted by Heidi Gunderson on

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.”  - Psalm 139:1-5 

I have always been a huge believer in the famous motto, “everything happens for a reason”. My friends hear me say it all too often. However, I think there is a lot of truth to that statement and I trust that most of you out there would agree. This verse could be interpreted in many ways and means something different or new to each person who comes across it. Oftentimes I find myself seeking out this verse to calm me of my own nerves or uncertainties. So, when I put God’s words and my excessive use of the motto together, it creates the perfect advice.

This advice expands far beyond the mediocre, “It will be okay”, these words of God can truly settle one’s doubts and fears. They go far and wide to put anyone who seeks for them at ease. For me in my own life I have to read these words and feel them time and again; I think sometimes more than the average person does. When looking at decisions I have made or things that have happened to me in the past, I believe in God’s word. Did I in the time of these bad moments and memories? No way. I find people, even my peers saying, “Why would God let this happen?”. It is not as though God wants bad things to happen to you or me, but that He knows you can get through them and you will become something newer and lighter because of it.

Though God may challenge us, like I said before, he does it for a reason. Because in the voice of my youth pastors, God has a plan for you. Now as I am in the adulting stage of my life, I frequently find myself not knowing the answer for everything. Simply coming to terms that there is not always a right answer. A lot of anxiety comes from this, I would know, haha. But now more than ever I look for God’s word and His comfort. It is truly reassuring knowing throughout my unknowns there is a plan for me out there and I am grateful because of that.

Prayer: Father in heaven, please settle our uncertainties and fears and let us hear Your words. Continue to lay a path for me and each and every one of us. Allow us to trust in You and believe in You. Through the many anxieties of life, let us not forget Your comforts and Your plans. In Your heavenly name. Amen.