“The world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.” I don’t think I have previously grasped the real depth of the lyrics of that song we used to sing during the old days of youth choir until now. In the book of Job it is said like this, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, but blessed be the name of the Lord” Job 1:21. He is a sovereign God and reigns over all. While I understand and believe that truth it does not mean that I will always like certain trials that I may have to walk through.
As I think about what has been given to me and taken from me over the last year, I find myself in a place that I am not comfortable. It is a place that demands answers and explanations. You can relax. I am not going to begin this first blog with my list of questions and demands. Although, I do want to make one thing clear…I am not staying here.
I am on a journey of working through grief, sorrow, loss, forgiveness and rejection. I have learned that I am not very patient with this process. Matter of fact, I have placed goals and deadlines on myself to be “over this”. I wish there was an “easy” button and we could fast forward to the end. This is a journey that I have to work through and walk through.
What I do know for certain are the truths written in the Word of God.
I know there is a plan and purpose for me (Jeremiah 29:11). I know that God is working things out (Romans 8:28). I know that what appears to be evil God can turn to good (Genesis 50:20). I know that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith ( Hebrews 12:2). I know that He will finish the work He has started in me (Philippians 1:6).
So no matter how much I have wanted to give up and quit, I just can’t. I can’t and you can’t. Because…(sing it with me). “The world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away. The world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away. This happy face that I’m wearing you know Jesus put it there to stay and since the world didn’t give it to me I said the world can’t take it away”.