Sometimes God works behind the scenes… sometimes His work is center stage and the star of the show. Regardless of whether you can see Him working in your life or not, He truly is. You are not unnoticed by Jesus. Your prayers do not go unheard. He sees you. He is piecing the puzzle of your life together and the comforting thing about it all, is that He already knows what the whole picture looks like. We can trust Him. :)
James: "Okay Harry, I'm sorry to do this but, you have to read the last message that you got" Harry: "Oh nooo... come on James, we're pals, don't make me do this" James: "I don't make the rules, now hurry up and read it or I'm just gonna steal your phone and read it myself" Harry: "Okay... okay... lord have mercy" (1)
James: “And it has to be the last message that you got, I trust you” *Harry pretending to be annoyed*: “Ugh.. okay” and then Harry opens his phone, and checks his iMessage and… Harry: “Oh! I haven’t read this one yet so let’s hope it’s not inappropriate!” *crowd laughs* James: “Don’t keep us waiting, lad.” Harry: “Okay! Okay… so… the message says…” (2)
Harry: “Good luck tonight, baby! I’m so proud of you. I know that you’re gonna smash it! And I’m sorry I won’t be there.. but you know that I’d sit in the front row if I could! But we don’t want that now, do we? I mean, can you imagine how loud I’d be screaming and cheering? It’d be embarrassing! *crowd laughs* (3)
And then, Harry reads the next few lines in his head… and he can feel his eyes welling up with tears. Harry: ”…But I just want you to know that, I love you more than anything in the world, and I’m so, so, so proud of you…“ his voice cracks at the end, he’s not going to cry, he’s not going to cry… "You’re my baby, and I’m so proud of you. You’ll always be my baby. I love you, babycakes. Now go and show them who’s boss!” (4)
The crowd is quiet… and he’s afraid to look at their faces, so he just locks his phone and tries not to burst into tears… James: “Oh, wow… that was such a sweet message, mind if I ask who was the sender?” Harry, with his eyes still wet but with a little smile on his lips: “Let’s just call them a Sweet Creature.” (5)
I picture God like a parent standing outside of the room of a stubborn teen who is upset that they can’t get their way. So God stands there and waits patiently. Reminding their child that they love them, and want what is best for them. It’s hard for that teen to trust them. They think they know what’s right for them, when in reality, their path leads them to all different kinds of heartache. We are the stubborn teen sometimes. We keep God out, and try to do things our way. When we don’t get our way, things go south, and eventually we reach a point when we realize He had our best interest in mind all along. We realize He was right, and instead of trusting Him we pushed Him away. Don’t be the stubborn teen. Be the child who listens to their Heavenly Father because they trust He knows what’s best for us. Save yourself the heartache.
Lord, teach me how to control the waves when the sea of my life leaves me gasping for air. Help me to speak truth and light over myself when darkness wraps around me like a blanket. Call me to the boat when I forget that the shore, Your shore, is the safest place for me.
Have hope so deeply rooted in Christ, so that when the world falls apart around you, you can still stand with your feet firmly on the ground. Trust in Jesus with your whole heart, not just part of it. Our hope is in the One who, unlike anyone or anything in this world, will never fail you. What I find to be even more beautiful about hoping and trusting in the Lord, is that when pain and heartache becomes a reality for those around you, they’ll be searching for comfort and peace. You know the One who brings joy and comfort. They will look at your life and wonder why your hope is unwavering, and why you are at such peace in this crazy world. He will use these things to speak to others. Trusting in God comes with so many blessings that affect not only your life, but everyone around you.
just for the record if niall’s shady lil butt has been rehearsing more than ‘this town’ and 'slow hands’ in order to perform the new material for these radio shows, i am gonna blast into the stratosphere ☄️
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.