“When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your mindset. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes. Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything though this seems unnatural – even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering lost ground.
When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective. If you choose supernatural responses this time – trusting and thanking Me – you will experience My unfathomable Peace.”
It’s crazy how God works, huh? This was my devotional the night before I found out I would be going to London. (Yes, I am here guys! It’s past 2 am and yet I don’t feel jet lagged. I needed to speak to you!)
The few days before I received the answer from my school, I was feeling tense, super anxious. I wasn’t eating much and I kept getting these horrible migraines. I just wanted to know if I was going to London or not so I can go on with my life. If they said “yes”, I would have to go to Philadelphia the very next morning to renew my passport. If they said no, then I would’ve taken a much-needed nap and actually been able to concentrate in class.
I was flustered.
It didn’t help when I handed in my spontaneous funding form to Student Government and got denied because my trip to London would be “personal”. I mean I guess I’m not a member of the student body but anyway…
I read the devotional that night and felt a wave of serenity literally wash over me. I knew I would be going to London. I received confirmation through my prayers, my meditation, my quiet time.
Guess what? The Dean of Students, the Communication department and the Dean of Liberal Arts came together and was able to fund my trip! This usually takes at least a month to happen, guys! But God helped me in doing all I had to do and He did this in a week. Like…what?!?!
I’m here in a different country, lying on this comfy queen sized bed and it’s now 2:30am. I’m here because God said “yes”. I’m constantly to rely on His timing, not mine.
Good night from the UK!