I'm sure many of you may have read the title to this blog and respond with an eye roll. To be honest, I don't blame you. A few days ago, I would have done the same thing. You see, for years, I've been hearing the phrase, "Don't worry, it will get better". At first, it was a source of hope for me during my hardest moments, but as days turned into weeks, weeks to months, and months to years, that phrase just didn't cut it for me anymore.
Overtime, I began to ask myself, "Will things really get better?" This was my question a few days ago during my time with the Lord. In the moment, I felt really burdened by my present circumstances. I felt weighed down to the point where I didn't even know what to pray, so opened the Psalms and began to pray them. I connected to the Psalms that I read, because just like me, the authors were very raw and real with God in regards to how they felt. After praying, I ended up flipping through my Bible randomly and it fell open to Jeremiah 29:11. In the moment, I merely skimmed over the verse, because truthfully, it's a verse that we see almost everyday. We're bombarded with the idea that God has a plan for our lives, so much that we begin to take its truth for granted. This is what I did, until the Holy Spirit told me to really read the verse and consider what it meant for my life and my present circumstances.
Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB) reads, "For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." I read the verse over and over, and examined it in light of how I felt at that moment. As I did this, I could feel the sorrow and the discouragement lift, and in its place, came peace. I knew within myself that God has a plan for my life, and no matter how challenging life may seem now, His plans for me are still good. After coming to this realization, I stared out the window at nature, like I often did, and I felt God speak quietly to my heart: "It will get better." Looking up at the sky, I let those words comfort my weary soul, and I pray that they will comfort yours as well.
"It will get better."
I don't know what you're walking through today. I don't know what season of life you may be in today, but I want to encourage you that things will get better. I'm not just saying that to make you feel better, I truly believe it because God says so. As children of God, we are not exempt from walking through hard seasons, but God has a purpose in it. Romans 8:28 (HCSB) reminds us that, "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose." If you love God, then He will work all things together for your good. It may not feel good right now, things may not look good, but God will work all things together for your good.
Trust that whatever you're walking through now is not the end of your story. Better days are ahead. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). God is with you. It's going to get better.