I Have Issues

I have to be honest.

I have issues.

I am a mess of emotions and poor coping skills.

And I know I’m not being melodramatic because I’ve scared myself on multiple occasions with the vast swing of my emotions.

Like I said, I have issues.

Anyway, now that has been established I’ll get to the real reason behind this blog post. I’ve struggled, BIG TIME. I’ve had the hardest time seeing the good in the set backs and the faithfulness of God in it all. Recently, I had to make a huge decision about school and Haiti. I had gotten accepted into an amazing internship that would allow me to experience Haiti and missionary work in a brand new way. I was ready, and dead set on going. I had it all mapped out, and was ready to fundraise my butt off. However, the day after I got accepted I saw I still needed one more class as a prerequisite for the nursing programs I planned on applying to in the fall. And that particular class was offered over the summer, the exact time I planned on being in Haiti. I was at a crossroads, and I had no choice but to sit and…cry my eyes out. Yes, I cried and I cried. I called up some friends talked about it and cried some more. I knew what I had to do but didn’t understand why I was being put in that place. It was tough. My face was a mess of eyeliner and mascara, but I found the strength to let them know I was unable to do the internship.

I was heartbroken, and confused. I didn’t understand what God was doing and didn’t necessarily want to understand what He was doing. I felt like it was too much. My dream and vision of being in Haiti this summer and doing what I know I’m called to do was gone. I wanted to give up everything. I kept wondering why would God give me a heart for this nation, and then basically block me from doing what He’s placed in my heart to do.

This went on for hours and hours. Stayed up all night just journaling and asking why. Finally, after God heard enough of my ranting He gave me His answer. In that gentle way of His; He whispered to my heart that my life is not my own, and never will be. Ummm…Jesus? At first I didn’t know how to take it. Don’t I have some type of say in my life? Silly question, I know! But then I realized that to live fully submitted to God comes with the realization that my life isn’t mine exclusively. It was a simple realization, but an atomic bomb to all those well thought out scenarios of what could have been my picture perfect life.

In that moment, I realized just one of the many costs there are for being fully submitted to God’s will. Your life is not your own. It is God’s to do what He will. It’s a bit frustrating, let me tell ya. It has come with plenty disappoints and soggy pillows. It’s true, I have seen greater things come out of my own plans being trashed and God taking control. But what’s so different about this time? Why am I having such a hard time trusting Him? Is it because I truly felt I was walking in His will and then just got thrown a curve ball? Honestly, I don’t know. And all it does is make my head hurt if I think too much about it.

Somewhere in the silence of my heart I feel Jesus. Like a stubborn flame that can’t be snuffed out; I know there is hope for the future. As the Spirit moves and weaves a greater story I sit and hope for the goodness of the Lord to shine through. It’s in the quietness of my heart where all the crying ceases and the Lord begins downloading truth of His faithfulness into my soul. I am chosen. I am good enough. I have a dream that can’t be discredited. In that secret place I can lay all my issues, disappoints, swinging emotions, broken hearts, journal pages, and soggy pillows at His feet. Jesus gets me. Jesus understands. It’s going to be okay. I’m going to be okay. I might not be in Haiti this summer but it hasn’t stopped Him from cultivating and growing the dream inside my heart. 

My life is not my own, it’s always been His.

Maybe it’s time to start living like it.

5 thoughts on “I Have Issues

  1. What a beautiful honest post! I moved to Haiti three months ago to work with children in an arts education program in Jacmel. That journey did not come easy. I spent lots of time crying and fighting the timing. What I had to learn was that to let go can come with great peace. As much as I planned and thought about being with the kids I loved there were obstacles thrown in my path. I fought them for a long time and finally realized, perhaps out of exhaustion that if I didn’t let it happen when the timing was right and I didn’t let go I was going to strangle the dream. Once I let it go and simply decided that I would eventually live my dream things started to happen and now here I am! Being here is hard and a huge challenge but also the greateat gift ever. I have learned it was worth waiting for, your heart knows where you want to be, don’t let go of that dream. Be patient, do the things you need to do to be prepared for when it does happen know that it is because the time is right! Keep the faith!

    1. Wow! Thank You! This is definitely encouraging and good to know I’m not the only one who has to walk this journey. I’m just learning to trust the process.

  2. You have one of my favorite blogs, don’t know if I’ve said before but I’m pretty sure when it comes to writing your the REAL thing!
    This post here takes me back to some very confusing moments in my young Christian walk. More than once I had to make that phone call and cancel my plans because Jesus didn’t get the memo and I was so devastated because I said “hey Jesus I’m trying to serve you here and you close the door” I was so angry and confused and I had to choose each time to keep the faith that he knew better. It sucked for a while but only with time and sticking with him have I understood how much better his plans are for me.

    Keep writing. It’s a blessing.

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