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in 2014, I was diagnosed With hypertrophic pain syndrome, or fibromyalgia. I was fourteen years old. Fibromyalgia usually strikes adults later in life, rather than when they are a high school student. When I should have been enjoying my first year, I couldn’t leave my bed in terrible pain.
It was clear that God was changing the course of my life, but I didn’t want to trust Him and give Him up. I started to wonder if he was good and loving because life just wasn’t going the way I thought it would.
After a year of physical therapy, things are starting to go back to the way they were. Even four years later I heard the audible voice of God tell me, “Tara, you’re not supposed to be here” in the middle of a college biology lecture. Three weeks later Freshman year in collegeI dropped out, and moved home.
It’s safe to say that my life has not turned out the way I thought or planned. I’m sure at least one thing happened to you – be it a conflict or an unexpected twist – that also changed the course of your story. Although it is easy to assume that our stories cannot be redeemed from it, there is hope.
here Three things God taught me Through the unexpected twists and turns of my story, I pray that they will encourage you in all that you walk through.
Your diagnosis or struggle is not the end of your story or the definition of your story.
My hopes of having the “normal life” I had planned changed after my diagnosis. But what I learned was that my diagnosis was not the end of my story, but a vital part that God intended to accomplish many things in my life through.
You are not defined by your struggle, rather God will develop you through struggle. If I had never received my diagnosis, I would not have received the certification I received today. I wouldn’t have the faith I have today. Take heart, knowing that God wastes nothing, and He redeems everything.
It may seem like everything is falling apart, but God is holding it together.
When the unexpected happens, when our plans don’t unfold the way we thought, or when we experience conflict, life can feel like it’s falling apart. It’s easy to take control wherever we can, but control is a false sense of security.
On the other hand, surrendering to God and trusting Him to guide our lives is freedom. Believe that even when you can’t see, he has it all together and is always working for you behind the scenes. When I felt like life was out of my control, I knew it was God’s way of reminding me to rely on Him, not on myself.
Your weakness is not a burden or a deficiency.
The world will tell us that weakness or need is a defect. The world will tell us that we don’t need any help because we have the power within ourselves to “declare our destinies.” But what happens when we become ill or struggle or confront our humanity?
Our need for God And to help is not a bad thing. It’s a blessing. Let us not burden ourselves with the weight of the world. God wants to bring that to us. Combined with your submissiveness and trust in him, he will do a lot more than you yourself ever planned.
Through it all, I wondered if God was really in control and if he cared about my story. But what I have learned is that trusting God to write my story is the answer and surrender is the way.