Monday, November 9, 2015

And if not, He is Still Good // A Guest Post by Audrey

Hello my lovely friends!! One of my absolute favorite parts about blogging is the relationships I get to create along this journey. Audrey is a gorgeous and talented writer, designer, and creator. I've loved following along with her blog as well as becoming friends. She put together this amazing post just for all of ya'll to read, as well as this beautiful hand-lettering. Enjoy!!

Hi friends! I'm Audrey, the girl behind Whimsical Wanderings, a blog where I strive to help women hone their creative skills, whether it be through hand-lettering, branding, business, or graphic design. 

I'm here today to share this DIY that I painted for my gallery wall, as well as what it means to me!

This beautiful quote is taken from Daniel 3:17-18, which tells the story of Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king of Babylon created a gold statue of himself and commanded the entire kingdom to bow down and worship it. But the three men refused to worship anyone but God, so the king decreed that they should be burned in a furnace. With unbelievable faith, they replied:

"If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."

I'm sure you know how the story goes. A fourth man, Jesus, was seen in the furnace with them, and the fire did not burn them. This miracle causes the king to marvel at the might of the one, true God and say, "no other God is able to rescue in this way" (vs. 29). 

Haven't we, as redeemed daughters of the King, experienced this rescue firsthand? Through salvation, we have hope of a future in Christ. No more tears, no more suffering. Because of this, we can look at every questioning thought or doubt or fear and say, "and if not, He is still good."

It feels like the battle of discontentment never ends. Despite the gift of salvation and the many wonderful blessings that God has given me, my soul still desires more. There are good things that I've begged God for, and when they didn't happen in my timing, I succumbed to bitterness and discontentment.

The simple truth: God doesn't always give us what we want. And we don't usually know how or why, but we must believe is that His plan is better. God is teaching me to recognize that He is good, no matter what.

Years ago, my mom described God's plans for us like a puzzle. All we can see are the individual pieces. We can't understand how the mismatched pieces could possibly fit together, but God does. He sees the completed puzzle; beautiful and whole.

Despite our very human desire to be in control of everything, great comfort comes from surrendering to God. Simply believing in His love and His sovereignty.

It seems almost impossible to give up our own desires for His. But it's all part of denying the flesh and taking up our crosses. It's following Christ when it's hard, not when it's easy. It's deciding that Christ is worth it and that He can be trusted to do what He promises. 

I'm praying for you today. That you will give your desires over to Christ and feel the peace that comes as a result of surrender. That you will follow Christ through the fire, believing that He is good.


I would love for you to head over to Twitter or Instagram and say hello! It's always exciting to meet new people! 
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