"This wasn't supposed to happen..."
I didn't know what to say. All I could do was hold her and tell her I loved her.
Recently, someone very dear to me went through one of the hardest days of her life. Her life as she knew it was crumbling pebble by pebble down around her. She was surprised, she was devastated, she was hurt. As she sobbed, and I hugged her she repeated "This wasn't supposed to happen."
Life is funny in that way isn't it? There are few things in life that turn out the way we think that they should. We have visions of what we think our lives will be like in 20 years, in 5 years, even next week. It almost never plays out the way we imagined.
I promised my friend that I would pray for her. I did. I prayed that night. I prayed the next morning. I prayed for healing, for God's will to be done, for clarity, for peace. She would tell me later that she felt these prayers.
God did not promise an easy life to those who walk with him. But one thing he did promise that gives me great hope is this:
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
My friend is going through a difficult, dark time in her life. But she is seeing the hand of God in what she's enduring. Although it's painful, maybe this WAS supposed to happen. Maybe this is part of God's beautiful plan for her life. Maybe this will heal things in her life that have been broken for years.
No matter what is happening in your life, no matter how dark the days are, the LOVE that Jesus Christ has for you is beyond anything you can ever imagine. He yearns for you, he loves you, he is chasing after you! He wants nothing more than to be a part of your life. He's not promising an easy life but he will never leave you or forsake you. All you have to do is accept him.