Friend: I lost my job; I’m so depressed
Me: You’ll get another one. Don’t worry, just pray.
Friend: I never have any money; I’m always broke.
Me: God is going to bless you, don’t you give up on him. He hasn’t given up on you.
Friend: Everybody has a man but me. Why am I not in a relationship? Is there something wrong with me?
Me: God is preparing the right man for you. Be patient and trust God.
This is how conversations go when I’m talking with a friend. I guess I’m the optimistic one always telling others to keep the faith, trust God, speak it into existence, and pray. Yet when heavy burdens fall in my lap, I’m not that “Miss Optimistic” chick anymore.
I look around at my life and I feel like I’m going in circles, however I’m always telling myself it will get better, just trust God. Unfortunately, things aren’t always going my way. Recently, as I was going through some things, I found myself reflecting and asking a lot of questions. Why is my money always funny? When will things happen for me? When will I get my new car? When will I catch up on past due bills? When will I be able to have more than enough to put in savings? WHEN?? I find myself watching reality shows and I see those women living lavishly. They appear to be living the good life as some would say. They look as if they have no worries. I find myself saying, “It must be nice!” When is it going to be nice for me?
Not too long after I was asking all of those rhetorical questions, I received a walk up call. My pastor spoke from Psalm 73. He dissected it and made me realize the life of a Christian. Many Christians today (me included) seem to think that faith in God comes with a guarantee of freedom from adversity, and when we come to realize this is not so, it sometimes causes our faith to become severely shaken. In Psalm 73: 13-14, Asaph questions God.
He says did I keep my hear pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. (NLT)
Just like I did, Asaph received his answer in the sanctuary,
Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. (Psalms 73: 17 NLT)
God’s tests are often designed to build our trust in Him. Israel’s experience in the wilderness was God’s school of discipline to teach His people obedience and to develop their faith in Him as a trustworthy father. I thank God that I’m still Miss Optimistic because it just proves that He is still with me and working on me.
You never said it would be easy, but You said it would be worth it. Thank You for keeping me when my faith became weak and my heart doubted You. I love You, Lord, and I thank You in advance for the great things to come in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be optimistic when the enemy wants you to be the opposite. Don’t lose the faith when it gets hard. Believe your best days are your yet days.
What are some scriptures that help you remain Miss Optimistic in pessimistic circumstances?
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Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.” She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry. Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service. She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden. Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation. Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:6: “And without Faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He exists and that He REWARDS those who earnestly seek Him.”