My life recently has been a hectic and chaotic concoction of busyness, much like everybody else’s lives. However, in the midst of all of my busyness and plans and work and job shadowing, I’ve come to grow closer to God more than I’ve have in a long, long time. Throughout this growth process, I’ve been reminded a lot about past circumstances (some good, some not), and how they fit into my life now. And because of this, I’ve learned something.
God is a lesson planner.
My amazing sister is a college professor at Texas Tech University. There have been numerous times that I’ve gone to her house in the evenings while she’s been creating lessons to teach her students the next day. I almost always ask her if she gets nervous while she’s planning, or even while she’s teaching, because she’s pretty much giving a public presentation every day of her life (this freaks me out quite a bit). She always laughs and says no, she usually doesn’t get too nervous once the first day is out of the way. I tell you this to show you how God works in a parallel way in my life and in your life. God is our ultimate teacher who’s full of love, compassion, and grace. As I continue to stumble throughout my life and figure out my college classes, my career, maintain friendships, be with my family, and even try to find a husband in this mess (yikes), God is holding my hand and He’s never letting go. He’s continually teaching me and guiding me through every day and every situation. As I’ve been reflecting on my life and the obstacles I’ve overcome and the mistakes I’ve made, God has been showing me over and over that these situations possess important lessons He wants me to learn. Some of the things I need to learn were caused by my own naïveté and poor decisions, and others are circumstances He’s intentionally placed in my life to grow me. Romans 5:3-5 says, “…but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Let me tell ya, God is an awesome teacher. A lot of my past circumstances that have been brought to the front of my mind usually bother me to think about because I never can think of an actual reason to have had those things happen in my life. But the more and more I’ve poured myself into God’s word, the more clear it’s become to me.
Many things happen in our lives simply because we need to learn something, then grow from it.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Brothers and sisters, God is continually woven into your lives so that He can continue to mold you into who you are through Him. And yes, this means even in the bad times, God is shaping you to look more like Him; you need only to seek Him. God is both a good father and a good teacher to His children. As obvious as this is, God has predominantly been teaching me and reminding me of His great faithfulness. I have made decisions to enter into bad and unhealthy relationships, I have made decisions that have led to catastrophic sins with an even worse outcome, I have made decisions that have broken the hearts of those who love, and even worse, they have broken the heart of my loving and holy Heavenly Father.
But He is still faithful, and He is still good.
The picture you see of the double rainbow is something that hit me hard and heavy when I saw it. I live in West Texas and our weather is very, very unpredictable. One evening we had an insanely intense storm hit that damaged homes, barns, cars, and trees. But after this frightening storm, there was a full double rainbow clear as day, and so beautiful that I was almost brought to tears. As I looked at the rainbow, I continually heard God saying, “You see? I have and always will be faithful to my children.” Genesis 9:13 says, “I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Thousands of years ago, God made a promise to His people that He would never flood the entire earth again, and placed a rainbow in the sky to serve as a reminder to His promise. How amazing is it that we are blessed enough to be loved by a God that assures us of His faithfulness from generation to generation?
Of all things to be taught at this point in my life, I’m thankful that The Lesson Planner is teaching me of His never-ending faithfulness. He is good.