Sometimes God says no

Sometimes an opportunity you think is going to be really wonderful isn’t what God has in store for you.

Sometimes God says no and you feel a little extra heart broken, and that’s okay.

Disappointment hurts. Rejection is hard. Failure is never easy to accept. And when all the hours you have put in seem pointless, it can be devastating. But nonetheless, sometimes, God says, “no.”

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Life has been busy and fun and interesting and hard all wrapped up and topped with a bow. I can’t explain all that has happened nor do I want to — God knows what He’s doing and I find comfort in that. But that doesn’t mean it hurts any less. Sometimes we pour a lot into something and it’s difficult to accept that it just isn’t right for us.

 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?

Psalm 8:3-4

My situation isn’t special. We all are busy and it’s human nature to always want to strive for better and do better. But sometimes I sit and just think about how amazing life would be if we could just rest in God. I would never suggest we be apathetic in this life, but rather that we be content with God’s plan.

I’m not saying we stop dreaming but rather that we dream and we work towards that dream, but be okay with all that happening in God’s timing. Failure is a part of success, and ultimately it serves as a great way to test your trust in God and all that he has planned.

Hear me out. I’m not saying any of the above is easy. It’s really easy to be upset with God during these times because we think we know best. I literally have wrestled with this for ages! But I encourage you with this: God knows how you’re feeling and He anticipates that.

During these times, embrace that pain that overwhelms your soul and find hope in the fact that God never says no without a better plan. Sometimes that plan is immediate and sometimes it takes a while to unravel. But there’s a promise that His plans are always good. Always.


Brently Snead

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