BELIEVE GOD IS CARRYING YOU
You are in the hollow of God’s hands. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you; your walls are ever before me. —Isaiah 49:14–16
God carries us like a mother. It’s true! A child on its mother’s back doesn’t care if the journey is long. We are on God’s back in the journey of life. Where we find ourselves now is not the end of our world. God has given us great potential. We can choose to pursue our purposes in life with faith and courage.
There is no shortcut to success. It takes work, but it also takes faith, knowing that we are not alone but that God journeys with us to greatness and fulfillment. It’s up to us how we pursue our dreams. Complaining about life is not the best way to achieve our dreams.
We can choose to aim higher and cultivate excellence in all we do. That is the opposite of mediocrity—settling for less. We need positive energy to achieve our dreams. That is why it’s so important for us to let go of past hurts and to forgive. That will free up so much energy for doing good and aiming higher.
Think of how you can bring a smile to someone’s life every day. What about smiling at someone? Maybe hugging at least one person every day? Or just giving someone a pat of encouragement on the shoulder? A little gesture on our part can help make the world a better place for us all. God does the same to us because he holds us in the hollow of his hands. We are the world—God’s world!
My Story As a child, all I ever dreamed of was having a happy family: man, woman, and children living under the same roof. I was content with what I had, and I always put God first in everything I did. But my dream was shattered, and I had no choice but to leave my country. Looking back over the last sixteen years, coming to Europe seems to be one of the greatest mistakes I made in my life. Life wasn’t all I expected it to be. I was nine months pregnant when I entered Europe as an asylum seeker. I gave birth to my daughter three days later
Life was tough. I was far from home, and having a caesarian section was a difficult experience. I was alone in a camp for refugees and asylum seekers and had to cope with the pain of the operation. I had no one but myself to take care of my baby.
My life had changed dramatically. I left everything behind in search of a new, safer, and better life. I left behind my relationship, my son, and my career; I left behind my family and all else that mattered to me. Beginning a new life in a new country was a very lonely experience, but that loneliness was not my greatest challenge.
The greatest difficulty I had was realizing the man I loved was not supportive. I wanted a quiet and simple life, but he was the opposite of what I wanted. He was never content with what he had; he wanted to be like most of his friends. In his mind, I had gone to Europe only to make life easier for him no matter the cost and the sacrifice on my part. That was the harder pain to bear.
As I look back over those dark years, I think of the process of producing a picture before the coming of digital photography. A lovely photo is developed from a negative in a darkroom. If all you see in your life right now is darkness, rest assured that a beautiful picture is going through the process of development. God, who is the developer, is preparing a beautiful life for you. Trust and have faith. God is in control and will give you the best possible life.