I welcomed my 30th birthday in Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher. I saved the best part of the trip for my big day. Looking out for miles and miles. Seeing the ocean and cliffs. That view was going to be spectacular.
But you know what?
It was the foggiest day they had seen that year. You couldn’t see anything. The fog was so thick and the air so damp, my straightened hair turned into ringlets by the time we walked back down. My college friends and I joked – is this a prediction of what 30 is going to look like?
Little did I know it was.
In life, we get the questions – where do you see yourself in 5 years? What’s your game plan? How are you going to make ____ (insert goal) happen?
I’ve learned having a road map is essential, but taking it day by day is key. Direction is a funny thing to talk about. We have dreams and goals, but you never know what life is going to bring to the table.
It amazes me how we hope for the best but rarely prepare for the worst.
Losing a job. Inability to get pregnant. Single past the age you hoped. Business not paying the bills. Feeling stuck in your relationship. College isn’t everything you dreamed. Feeling too much pressure from society or family. The list goes on.
We allow these road blocks to set us back for days, weeks and sometimes forever. When things don’t go as planned, it immobilizes us. When things get tough, we throw in the towel. But what I’ve learned since turning 30, the fog always rises. It may not be tomorrow, or next month or next year even. But the heaviness always lifts.
I’m not here to tell you it’s easy. It’s a daily battle. But I’ve learned to put my trust in God. He’s working on my behalf every minute of every day. Even when I can’t see further than the next step in front of me, God can.
Romans 8:28 tells me “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.”
I’m learning to lean on Him for everything – the minute daily details and big decisions because He cares about them all. He hears those late night cries, early morning thanks and everything in between.
When you put your trust in Him. You know that your Father is handling the situation. Even when the fog is so thick and I feel discouraged. I stand on His word. I stand on scripture to get me through those dark times and seasons of doubt.
It’s inevitable that those seasons will come. But I’ve learned you better suit up during the ups to get you through the downs. We’re so eager to enjoy the sunshine and views but forget that things won’t always be this good.
We don’t always understand why things happen, and if you’re like me — that’s frustrating. But He works all things together for good. He’s strengthening you to help others. Every battle you’ve fought and overcome sends a message of hope.
So if you’re in the fog. Be encouraged and know that it will rise. Genesis 50:20 says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
This season is preparing you for what’s ahead. Whether it’s to share your story with someone, appreciate the views or preparing you to jump off the cliff. Know that you are getting stronger and something bigger is in your future. Don’t give up! Your miracle is right around the corner.
I’m cheering you on!