“I’ve Been Preparing for This”
Only twice in my life have I made the statement, “I’ve been preparing for this.” The first time was February 27, 2007, when I stood and watched my house burn to the ground and the loss of my son-in-law, who died in the fire. My best friend came over, hugged me, and those words tumbled out of my mouth.
I hadn’t consciously thought of them, and yet, as I heard my own words, I knew they were true. The painful, traumatic experiences of my past had prepared me for the losses and grief of that moment.
Recently I said the words again, although the situation was less distressing. Again, I realized I could handle the stressful situation because I had been preparing for it. In neither case had I known what would happen, and I had no warning. Only when it came, the past triumphs and hardships had been enough to make me know I could cope and that this disturbing experience would become preparation for others in the days ahead.
Whether you believe God sends or allows traumatic events isn’t as important as knowing that God has a destiny for each of us. If we remain open and learn from hardships, failures, and unjust situations, we’re able to face and overcome every obstacle.
In the Bible, Paul writes, “. . . Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God . . .” (Romans 8:39 NLT).
During my recent experience, I awakened with a Bible verse ringing inside my head: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT).
I falter and fail at times, and have to keep re-learning life’s lessons, but my experiences have fully convinced me that, with God’s help, I can handle whatever comes my way.