{Wordfilled Wednesday} Sometimes Living Proves the Learning

Many of you know that I've been on a journey of living intentionally, with a specific focus on learning what it means to unswervingly hope in the Lord.  But if you noticed, I've not said much about HOPE lately. It seemed that there were no new verses of hope speaking to my soul. No new images to manipluate with color and font and form to reveal a lesson appropriate for our WFW gatherings.

To be honest, it was unnerving. How could I stop learning about something so important?

The answer came in the silence. There were no hope lessons because I was actually living those lessons out in the mess of my life. A mess that the enemy spun with plans to destroy my faith, my testimony, and my hope in the Living God. A mess in which I learned to pray through, walk through, fight through, never losing hope.

A mess as silly as a series of foibles —  a anniversary marked by illness, a closed driving range date debauchel, and low-tide rerouting of a simple kayaking adventure — all little things of frustration in the face of trying to spend time with my husband and invest in our relationship.

I could have had a fit. Years ago I would have. But this time, I praised God for His perfect purposes and chose to give thanks for what He'd have in store in spite of what we had planned.

A mess like a tree limb falling on my daughter during a camping-trip thunderstorm followed by losing my cell phone in the rain.

I cried out to Jesus in the uncertain hours of our emergency room visit. I was scared my daughter might have permant vision damgage. I wanted to blamed God for the mess in the face of our perfect plans to vacation affordably. But in the end, I found myself praising God for His faithfulness, provisions, mercy and protection, and for teaching my children how to do the same. I did not lose my faith nor despair of hope in such a messy crisis.

A mess like grieving the loss of life for a friend, then for a family member, followed by the shock of putting our beloved dog to sleep.

It would have been reasonable to lash out in anger at the Lord, facing so much grief in such a short period time. Instead, I cried. Hard. Long. Ugly. But I did not walk away from the Lord. I did not lose hope.

A mess as frustrating as four weeks of technical issues and obstacles in publishing Impact My Life.

I complained. I grumbled. I laughed at the absurdity. Until I finally looked for God and His purposes in all of the delays. Until I completely surrendered.  God showed up and revealed to me that all of the delays were part of His perfect plan.

I let God investiage my heart. I confessed fears and sin and hopes. Yes, hopes. And I put my trust in Him, entirely.

It turns out that my many months of meditating on hope really did make a difference. In the renewing of my mind by the Word, my life was transformed by the Lord. All the while I thought I was missing the lesson, it turned out that I was actually living lessons learned. I was hoping in the Lord. Because, by God's grace, I stopped leaning on my own understanding. I stopped trying to figure it all out. I gave up control. And I began to trust the Lord in a whole new way. As I focused on leaning into God, trusting in Him, being confident in the Lord with my whole heart, mind, and soul, I found myself no longer relying on my own insight or understanding.

While it looked like hope faded to the background, it actually became the backdrop of my faith.

What lesson is the Lord moving you to learn in this season?

Could it be that the absence of a lesson is really because you've learned something critically important and are applying it today?

Tell us about it!

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Elisa Pulliam

Elisa is a trained biblical life coach, mentor, and speaker passionate about equipping women to experience authentic life change for the sake impacting the next generation. She leads More to Be, a ministry committed to raising up mentors and providing resources for tweens, teens, twenty-somethings, and women. Elisa is also the author of Impact My LIfe: Biblical Mentoring Simplified. She considers her first calling as wife to Stephen and mother to her house-full of children. Her favorite days begin on the porch with the Lord and end on the beach with her family and friends. Connect with Elisa at www.elisapulliam.com

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6 Comments

  1. Seems the Lord has been quiet in my life lately. I'll have to think about your second question and if I'm applying something I've learned.

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  2. Very Beautiful.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. I have been trying lately to just sit and listen to God. To try and figure out what he wants me to do instead of what I think is best. It is hard, though, to do!  Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Lisa, 

    im so glad you did not lose hope. God always comes thru in his time. And the lesson is truly in the painful waiting. 

     

     

     

     

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  5. God is always looking out for us and gives us everything we need. It seems that more often than not, when I study and meditate on a particular God-quality or promise, there comes the time of testing. I can gratefully thank Him, wondering where I would be had I not stopped to get ready.

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  6. I have Prov. 3:5-6 posted over my desk, where they help guide me during the day. Thanks for the great post & for hosting the linkup, & God bless!

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