Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Mistake, His Will?

You know those "religious" statements we make when things go wrong like "God knows best", "There is a reason", etc. Not to say these statements are lies but they have some how been translated into mere words/christian vocab and sometimes I hear myself using them to excuse my mistakes. This post is born out of a recent situation I have faced here in Ghana (that has caused my trip to be extended until somethings are corrected), but I would tie it to another issue I faced when I was back in Chicago and waiting to wrap up the Traveler wife I lived for almost 2 years.

A few months after Mr. Punch and I got married, I moved out of my apartment. My lease was ending and I was so sure I would not be in Chicago for another year so renewing the lease seemed like a foolish idea. I moved in with a friend and began to wait for my immigration papers. As time went on the process seemed to be going very slow and before I knew it I was house hopping. I still refused to sign a full lease and so I settled for short (very short) term ones which at the end of each of their duration, I moved again. I was living the life of not knowing which next house I'd be moving to and once the end of the short term lease was drawing near, I'd take to craigslist and start the process all over again. I did this for about 16 months living in 4 houses - that was not fun!

So in the course of all that I asked myself, "Gee why exactly did you move out of your house?" Truth be told, I think I was a little too excited about change and moving to Canada that I forgot to take into consideration the "what-ifs" and actually considered the time frame stated on the Canadian Immigration website. Of course at that time I convinced myself I was walking in "faith" but now I look back, I seriously doubt.

And that brings me back to the topic of this post, "Was that God's will or my mistake?" Did I hurry into a decision out of mere feelings without confirming if it was the spirit of God leading me?

But we are taught to not dwell on the past or live in regrets so we move on but not without learning a few things. When you find yourself in an obvious mistake what do you do? Is God so mean that he would hang it over your head  making you live in guilt? Certainly not. It might not have been his will for you to make a mistake but the good news is that your mistake can never get God stranded...NEVER! He always has this mind-blowing backup plan of redemption for us and we see it first hand when he sent his son to die for us even while we were yet sinners!

Romans 5:8 (NLT) "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."

Genesis 50:20 (ESV) "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today."

Romans 8:28 (NIV) "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Sometimes we all make poor decisions in our lives and it may not have been God's "will" but since he is never stranded, in his wisdom he turns it all around for our good. We confess, repent and move on with the new lessons the challenge/poor decision allowed us to learn. Don't let those regretful thoughts cloud your mind from getting the lesson to be learned. Don't just "go" through challenges but "grow" through them.

Question of the Day: Have you ever been in a situation where you totally knew you messed up but God turned it all around for your good? What lessons did you learn? Share if you can.

4 comments:

  1. I LOVE this post Gee, so so true! God is never stranded, in His wisdom, He turns it around for good.
    With regards to your questions, many times - both major and 'minor' things and experiences.. Particularly in relationships

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    1. Ah, the famous relationship situation...Lol...I definitely had my share of learning lessons on that one. Thanks for stopping byyyyy :)

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  2. Gee, I have made too many mistakes in my life, It is by the grace of God that I am still standing. I have come to realize that no matter how far we roam, God will never cut us off. He always finds a way to bring us home.

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  3. Absolutely, don't we all hurried minds make mistakes! Thanks for sharing this post Gee.... My 2014 was loaded with hurried decisions and very harsh set-backs that came with them. Learning to stand still, long enough, to take the lessons all in and know never to repeat them by God's grace. Thank God that HE is not stranded by our mistakes.

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