Before and After

Life can in some ways be divided into sections. Because I have moved several times in my adult life, I can get pretty close to the date of any event based upon what house I was living in at the time it happened. Houses are just one point of reference. Others may be jobs, or children being born. But some things can come into our lives that permanently divide it into a ‘before’ and ‘after.’ You may have had one of those experiences. The day starts out just like every other and then *BOOM* you hear the words you never thought you’d hear. And then nothing is the same ever again. In fact, it is drastically different. So different, there’s life ‘before’ it happened and life ‘after’ it happened.
I think there’s also those turning points that transpire in our lives in the spiritual realm. Things God shows us and we learn about Him that forever changes us. We then have a time of before we knew/believed certain things of God and after we came to know certain truths about Him. I had a time like that back in February 2009. At the time, I had no idea how important it was, but it was a foundational shift in my life, a real crossroads in my walk with God. What He showed me is that EVERYTHING is from His hand. And that He is good. Therefore everything from Him is good.< 
In His sweetness and graciousness, He gave me a year and a half to wrestle through that word, to figure out what it really meant and how it looked in real life before He brought me to a day that would radically change my life into a ‘before’ and ‘after.’ When that day came, I had to face what God had given me and accept it as good because it was from His hand. He promised me it was good IF I continued to trust in His goodness and allow Him to accomplish His purpose through my circumstance. To do that, I had to put down my thoughts, opinions and desires of how I assumed things should be and walk by faith for every baby step I took forward. 
In the 2 years ‘after’ that day, I can say it hasn’t been easy, but God has brought me through it and to the other side of it (praise Him !!). I now know experientially, not just theoretically, that He is infinitely, lavishly, and awfully GOOD.

Looking back ‘before’ that day to February 2009, I see what God taught me back then was just as pivotal and life changing, even though I had absolutely no idea at the time truly how huge it was.  God was preparing me well in advance to understand His goodness, faithfulness and love so when I needed it on a much, much deeper level in the future, I could trust Him above all.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever.”
(Psalm 136.1)

Posted by LeAnn Tyer at 13:21

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