Israel's Testimony

My Story - Part 5 of 5

You have not chosen Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:16 NKJV)

How do I conclude a story that is not yet finished?  This has been a challenge for me to write, not because I'm afraid to share, but because it is hard to concisely present the parts of my life that might be helpful to someone else.  Each of the hardships and lessons I've learned have their own 5-part story.  Suffice it to say, that we all have our own unique stories to share, and all are interesting in their own ways. 

So what have I learned in the past 39 years?  First of all, I have realized that most of my learning has taken place in the last 6 years through the hardships I've endured.   I've learned to rely on God for my source of strength and not on the approval of others.  I've learned that God is the only one who will never disappoint me.  I've learnd that no matter how much I think I am control of my life, I really have no control at all.  I've learned that a life of being self-reliant is not what God really wants.  God wants us to live out of control for Him so that we have no choice but to hand over our efforts to Him completely.

A life lived for God is a roller coaster ride all on its own.  The more serious a person gets with their relationship with God, the more exciting the ride becomes.  It is through this roller coaster ride that God molds us and shapes us into the men and women He wants us to be.  All of our roller coasters are different.  My hills and valleys are woven around situations where I have to be the strong one who rises to the occasion in the middle of a crisis.  God always has me in the "wrong" place at His right time.  It sure keeps life exciting.  What is the theme of your life?  Is there a common thread of circumstances out of your control where you consistently find yourself?   Whatever it is, I know this, that God has chosen each of you for a purpose.  Find it, enjoy it, and rejoice in it, knowing that the God of all creation is with you always.