devozine

Spiritual Practice

TRYING TIMES

Michelle McGaffin

We were having our worst fight ever. My faith, my passions, and the person I was becoming clashed with my parents’ non-Christian worldview and their hopes for my future. We argued so often that I felt I had to choose between my family and God. I chose God, but not without serious heartbreak.

I was exhausted from weeks of sleeping on a friend’s couch and long hours in a thankless job as a fast food cashier. My self-worth seemed to be tied to my ability not to mess up people’s orders. To get through it all, I constantly repeated this motto: “God is good, and burgers are burgers.”

Now, I can look back and see the ways God was at work. Over time, my relationship with my parents has grown stronger than ever. And my motto still reminds me not to sweat the small stuff; burgers are just burgers, and God is good.

 

When I was burdened with worries,
you comforted me
and made me feel secure.
Psalm 94:19 (CEV)

GOD IS GOOD: The more transitions I face, the more I learn about what God wants for me. The more endings I face, the less I fear them. I’m excited about new beginnings—chances to grow, to learn about God, to see God move in mighty ways. Sometimes, I feel uneasy with change; but I’ve seen God’s work in my life enough to know that God is always with us, guiding and protecting us.

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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