I've always liked this song. It's got great music, lyrics, voices are amazing...but...now I love it.
It's so true.
I thought I had it all under control....I need to let go of my destiny, I need to trust in things unseen.
My world is changing.
The highlight of my week is Sunday night Youth Group - I get to fellowship with my bestest friends. Those guys mean SO much to me. Now, with the approaching school year, things are changing - because the graduates are leaving.
D is moving away. A, C, and K are moving away. J is moving away. Another J isn't moving but won't be coming to Youth Group anymore. Another C will be leaving in the spring....That's half the youth group. And half of my best friends.
That hurts...ya know?
That section of my world is changing.
A year ago, it didn't occur to me that at some point, people would leave the youth group. I didn't even think of it. Honestly, I didn't think about it until our youth camp out that happened this May.
At camp, on the last day, Mr. W told us all to put our hands on the seniors - we were going to have a prayer time for them. It was sweet. Actually, it was really, really sad. We were all bawling. I couldn't STOP crying. I mean, here are those friends that mean the most to me, and...we're saying...goodbye.
At the moment, everyone staying, everything just remaining the same, seems best to me. But...that's not how life works.
We grow up. We change. Those around us change. Plans change. Life changes.
Starting soon, I will be the oldest teen in youth group. Dude, I remember when I was one of the YOUNGEST only two years ago. Now, I will be the one that the younger ones look up to. Not the one looking up to the older ones. My role in the group is changing.
I forgot how quickly things can change...
Yeah. Everyone leaving will be insanely hard, but you know what?
Romans 8:28 stands.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, for them who are the called according to His purpose."
God knows what's best. And He will work all things together for the good of those that love Him, and for His glory.
Easier said than done? Oh yeah. I'll be crying. I know I will. But tears are not forever. And neither is separation. Praise God, not only are these guys my best friends but also my brothers and sisters in Christ. I'll be with them forever worshiping our great, fantastic God.
God has a plan for each one of us. I believe that with all my heart. I don't know what those plans are, but I know that God will do what's best.
I can deal with the pain that comes before the sweet. But not on my own. Philippians 4:13 says that "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me". Through Christ, I can do anything.
Now, "I will praise YOU in this storm!" (-Casting Crowns) Praising God through the hard times is both the hardest and most beautiful.
Yeah. It'll hurt. Bad. But God is always with me, my friends, and you if you trust in Him.
Giving HIM the glory through the storm,