Ecclesiastes Study/ Holiness

When You Don’t Understand God’s Will

Three.

That’s the number of times my husband and I have moved in seven years.

It’s about to be four. Which guarantees that there will be a fifth in a couple years.

That number makes me cringe because I hate moving. I grew up moving a lot. From one town to the next. Never having a place to call home for any length of time. I have mastered the art of packing boxes.

I definitely did not expect my married life to go this route. Thankfully, we have been able to stay in one town but we have had some bad luck when it comes to our rentals. Bad housing, bad landlords, you name and we’ve dealt with it at some point.

A year and a half ago we moved into a beautiful house after many years of cramped quarters with 2 toddlers and a baby. We had been looking for a house for over a year. God made us wait and wait and wait. Finally, our dream house came up onto the rental market and within 4 days we packed up our townhouse and moved into a nice spacious house. Life was great for a few month. We knew the owner wanted to sell and we were eager to tell her that we wanted to buy as soon as we were able to.

Life is confusing sometimes, isn't it? We don't always understand why God is doing what He's doing in our lives. Sometimes we are confused, angry, frustrated at our circumstances but there is beauty when you don't understand God's will. Do you believe you that? If this sounds like you then this is a must read for you.




Fast forward a year and a half. The landlord wants to sell but we can’t buy just yet being new business owners. She doesn’t want to wait. So we are being forced to move, again.

From the dream house. A house we’ve dreamt about renovating. A house that we’ve loved living in. A house that’s perfect for our family.

And to be honest, it hurts. There have been some tears. Frustration and anger. It’s going to be a hard move for us.

To make matters worse there are basically no good options on the rental market. So as we face a season of uncertain times, wondering how God is going to make this work, we wait. Again.

I’ve been asking God why a lot. And frankly, we may not get an answer to that question anytime soon. And that is perfectly okay.

We know that God is in control.

He has always provided us. For whatever reason, He’s having us move for a fourth time to a house that isn’t going to be as good what we have now.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11  

Our study in Ecclesiastes has been the perfect timing for me personally. The truths we are studying out are exactly what I need today. Isn’t He amazing like that?



God is a faithful guide and His Word provides us with such comfort. This week as I’ve struggled to deal with the upcoming move, then I read this verse. And it reminded me how God truly does come through for us. He turns our sadness into joy. He turns our ashes in beauty. He binds up the brokenhearted. He puts us through hard times so that we can be more like Him. He always has a purpose for whatever season He brings us and it’s our job to trust what He’s doing. 

Maybe you are in the middle of a season of not understanding God’s will in your life. Maybe you’re struggling with God’s direction or call in your life. Maybe you’re lacking the trust that you need in order to step out in faith to whatever He has called you to. Just because we don’t understand His will today doesn’t mean that it won’t become clear to us later. 

So, while we may not know what He’s doing, how He’s going to provide, how He’s going to change our circumstances or answer our prayer, we can still praise Him for being at work in our lives.

He isn’t going to fail us. He isn’t going to leave us. Nothing is too hard for Him to handle. Maybe that’s what we need to start realizing and let go of the worry, stress, and frustration that’s consuming us.

Life is confusing sometimes, isn't it? We don't always understand why God is doing what He's doing in our lives. Sometimes we are confused, angry, frustrated at our circumstances but there is beauty when you don't understand God's will. Do you believe you that? If this sounds like you then this is a must read for you.



God is going to make your situation beautiful.

He’s going to make my situation beautiful. He’s a loving God. When we look at our circumstances with this outlook, we can feel the peace that passeth all understanding as we eagerly anticipate just how He is going to make it beautiful.

I know I can’t wait for that ‘ah-ha’ moment when we see just why God told us it was time move. It’ll come because it has come from every other situation we’ve been through.

Isn’t it amazing to see the handiwork of God in our lives? How He orchestrates everything?

It’s time to let go of the control, to sit in the passenger seat and simply enjoy the ride.

God will calm all your fears if you let Him.

Don’t give up on your faith. Wait for the beauty. It’ll come.

 

Your turn! Are you in a situation where you are struggling to understand God’s will? How are you handling it? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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18 Comments

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    Jed
    April 12, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Oof, that is a lot of moves. Our family can relate to going through the storms and not fully understanding God’s purpose in it all. Thanks for sharing bits of your story, and how you are clinging to God in the midst of it all. We are doing the same, and it’s nice to know that this is normal. Were keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you get ready to move again, and wishing you a peace-filled week. Your neighbor at the #RaRa Link-up 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Jed. God is good, even when we don’t quite understand His plans yet!

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    Lisa notes
    April 13, 2016 at 8:50 am

    That is definitely a lot of moving. So sorry you’re going to have to move again. 🙁 I lived in only 2 houses growing up, and only a few as an adult so my heart goes out to you in having to leave a home that you wanted to stay in. But I love your point here: “God is going to make your situation beautiful.” I pray he will do that for you with the new house he has prepared for you (or a new decision to allow you to stay in this one).

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa. It is crazy to think about how much we move. I am hoping that it’ll end soon, lol!

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    Amanda
    April 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Yeah moving takes its toll. We’ve been married 11 years and just moved for the 8th time. Every time has been difficult. Our 4 children have been born in 4 different states. We bought a house this time, so hopefully we’ll stay a while 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Wow, moving across different states must be so much more challenging. Buying a house is huge, there is hope you wont move for a while! If you’re lucky! I look forward to that day for us, loL!

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    Robin Pack
    April 14, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I totally understand how frustrating it is to be walking by faith, knowing that He has a plan but not knowing the specifics of it. I am a fixer. I always feel that I have to make everything and everyone ok. But God has called us to walk in faith as we await His timing for a promise that was made six years ago! That’s a long time to wait, but you understand that better than we do! God bless you and your family as you prepare for the next step in this journey!

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much Robin, and thanks for sharing a snippet of your story with me. I think being a fixer probably makes walking by faith so much harder for you. Now I’m asking myself, “am I a fixer?”. 😉

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    Mari-Anna Stalnacke
    April 15, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I think God has something greater in store for you so hang in there. God knows best. Cling to him to provide for you. Thanks for sharing, sis. Prayers for you and yours.

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    Horace@pleasingtothePotter.com
    April 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Wow Ana…thank you for sharing your heart here. I look forward to reading the update when you receive that “a-ha ” moment from God! I must admit that I am going through a period that I do not understand God’s will and direction but as I desire to honor Him, I will trust Him. I believe our not knowing or understanding forces us closer to Him and I cannot think of a better place to be! Thank you again for sharing such a heartfelt post. May God continue to bless you and your family as you continue seeking Him!

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Oh yes, I agree. He wants to use life circumstances to draw us closer to Him, being fully dependent on Him and not ourselves. I will pray for you Horace! I hope I can update soon about that “a-ha” moment, it’ll come.

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    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    April 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful points! I think human nature is that we want to understand God’s will but faith comes in trusting God’s will.

    I loved this.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      It’s probably our nature because we want to control everything in our lives! Thanks for hosting, friend!

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    Dayle
    April 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Just what I needed to read today. Thank you.

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      Anastasia Safee
      April 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      I am so glad to know that, thanks for letting me know. It blesses and encourages me! Have a great afternoon!

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    Aimee Imbeau
    April 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    There have been many, many times that I have not understood God’s will in my life. There have been a lot of “why’s” and “why me’s”. And like you said, usually, if I wait a while, I get to see more clearly His plan and why it is so much better than mine.
    Thank you for linking up with Grace and Truth, Ana. I would like to feature your post tomorrow – so, please stop by and get an “I was featured” button.

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