Hi there sweet friends! As promised in my blog post earlier this week, I am back to share a devotion that I wrote during a time of brokenness in my life in hopes to give others faith and hope in a God who is greater than any circumstance we may face. I wrote this about 7 years ago when I was going through a season of brokenness. I pull it back out each time I go through a difficult time, to remind myself that God is faithful and He will see me through.
This isn’t my typical home decor or DIY post, but it’s something that God has placed on my heart to share. I promise to be back next week with more DIYs. But for today, I’m sharing some encouragement.
My Cup: A Reflection of Obedience in a Time of Brokenness
My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done. Matthew 26:42
Right now, I find myself like Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane on a dark night, face to the ground, pleading for God to take this cup from me, but ultimately wanting His will to be done.
You see, just recently I have found myself saying something completely opposite: “God, I don’t want this cup you’ve given me and I refuse to drink what you’ve put in it!”
I thought that I completely trusted God. I thought that He alone was more than enough for me. But in my circumstances, I started to doubt those things. I doubted His promises. I doubted His faithfulness. My eyes started to shift from my God to my circumstances.
But thankfully, we serve a relentless God who was not going to allow me to stay in that place. While my circumstances may not be able to be changed, God started speaking to me about my attitude toward my circumstances… something that can be changed. This is not where I would choose to be, but it’s where I am; and I am not here without this first going though Him.
Just as I have a choice about my attitude toward my circumstances and my obedience to God in my time of brokenness, there in the garden, Jesus also had a choice. And He chose to be obedient and surrender to His Father’s will. He was obedient in spite of knowing all of the suffering that awaited Him in the next few hours.
Praise God for Jesus’ obedience, even to death on a cross! Because of this, our sins have been redeemed by the power of His blood and we have been promised eternal life with Him.
Jesus has victory over sin and death! Hallelujah! Should I doubt that He will have victory over any of my trials, tribulations, distress, or brokenness!? I think not. Therefore, I gratefully take my cup and drink from it, trusting that His will for my life is far greater than any plans I could think up in the limitations of my human mind.
I say all of this to give others hope in times of despair. Our God is greater than any circumstance we may face and His love for us is stronger than any opposition that may come our way. Trust in Him! His ways are good and His plan is perfect.
I created this printable as a reminder that God’s will is always best for us. I’m going to place it on my fridge as a daily reminder to submit each day to His will and I encourage you to do the same.
Let’s be honest though, it’s tough to walk through those difficult seasons. But sometimes it takes those difficult seasons to bring us to a place that we need to be in our relationship with God. At least for me. So I am grateful for them.
Be blessed. xoxo
Sharon Wiseman says
Thank you Heather, this is so timely for me and a couple of my co-workers that are ‘drinking from cups’ they would rather not drink from. you sharing this today was no accident, thank you for being led by the Spirit to share!
Thank you so much for your sweet words, Sharon! God is so good! All glory to HIM!!
Crystal F. says
Thank you Heather, You are ever so encouraging!! I will keep your devotion close and read it when I need to remember who is really in charge of our lives. Sometimes my thoughts run rampant and I should be praying more rather than trying to make things fit when that might not be God’s intentions.
Thank you so much, Crystal! I think we all do this at times. It’s just our human nature. I have to remind myself daily to allow God to take control. 🙂
Thank you for this reminder. It’s so true about your attitude towards your circumstances. It makes all the difference in the world!
Yes my friend, our attitudes make all the difference. But sometimes it’s hard to remember this in the middle of a trial. I constantly have to ask for God’s grace.
Nicole Phillips says
Thank you my friend.
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading, Nicole! I hope you have a very blessed day!!
Donette Meyer says
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your family. I’m sorry for all that you all have been going through. I love the Bible quote and devotional. Many times life’s changing seasons can become overwhelming and I totally agree that attitude,but most importantly, faith gets us through. My favorite poem is “Footprints” by Margaret Fishback Powers. This poem has been my comfort many times. Thank you for recommending “Present over Perfect”. I look forward to reading it! I am in a different season in my lifetime- my children are grown and I even have grandkids now, but I love your personality- as well as, your decorating!
Take care and God bless you and your family.
Donette, your sweet comment just made my day. Thank you so much for your encouragement! I know God has something for us during this and I fully trust His plan. I hope you enjoy the book as I have. Blessings to you and your family!! ❤️
I wanted to say AMEN to you sharing what’s on your heart because people need to hear it and find comfort. It let’s readers know they are not alone in their situation or despair. Not only did you write it beautifully (I couldn’t do it), but you showed us your love for the Lord and the sincerity in your heart. I love praying for people and blogger friends are especially dear to me so I will be praying for you. Wish we lived close together, I just know we’d be great friends! Big hugs
Cindy, you just bless me so much!! I truly hope to get to meet you one day and give you a big hug! Thank you so very much!