by Dani Catherine
This past semester and season has been a tough one for me. In January, I injured my knee, lost my job because of it and endured a painful knee surgery that required 2 months of being laid up. Also, the news that my knee wouldn’t be fully healed for a year, decreased my faith; I found my faith starting to dim. My negative circumstances started to define my relationship with God. I kept asking God “Why?” instead of “What are you showing me”?
It wasn’t until I heard Paige Eavenson speak about the story of Mary and Elizabeth that my faith was back to where it should ultimately be; which is putting all my troubles and worries into Gods faithful hands. Paige really emphasized the fact that as we believe, God provides blessings (Luke 1:45). It was that moment that I knew God was close to me, even though I felt like He was distant. He sent a laborer, Paige (who I couldn’t live without) to remind me of His faithfulness and that He had a greater purpose for the storm I was enduring and it will be used for His glory. Also, the story of Mary and Elizabeth emphasized on how important it is to seek support from friends- something new that I have to work on that God showed me. Once I started to believe that there was a greater purpose for my story, things started to change and I could see the blessings God was pouring in little by little rather than focusing on what I thought He wasn’t doing; which in reality, He was and always is doing, providing and blessing! I wasn’t blinded by my circumstances anymore.
Within 2 months of being laid up and not thinking I’d get a job or walk again, I was not only blessed with 1 job, but 2 jobs! I was not only blessed with a family who helped me through my physical pain, but I was blessed with a family who helped my through my emotional pain. I was not only blessed with friends and a boyfriend who cared and accepted my down moments, but with friends and a boyfriend who helped me see the light. I was not only blessed with a new knee, but I was able to walk without feeling the pain from my knee injury. What I take from this past semester and season in my life is that as we are faithful to God, He is ever so faithful to us- no matter the timing, His timing is always perfect.
So, I want to leave you with this question: What are you believing God for?
Dani Catherine is the Communications Coordinator for the Beautiful Ministry, as well as a full time Substance Abuse Therapist. Dani loves to bake, eat ice cream, paint, snap photos and spend time with her loved ones.
So true…God, He is ever so faithful to us- no matter the timing, His timing is always perfect.
This story related to me and the things that I have been facing for a few months. I had surgery in January for a torn meniscus and I had to take some time off from work. As a few weeks past, I felt like my knee was getting worse. So I went to another Doctor, got another MRI and turned out I needed ACL Reconstruction surgery…which meant needing more time off from work with no income and a result of losing my position. I couldn’t believe I was facing my second surgery in the first few months of the year.I am 3 weeks out of surgery and I am healing well. As for the Job, I have an interview for a great company and they just narrowed it down from 200 resumes to 5!
I am so thankful for the close friends, family, and boyfriend that have been so supportive! I hope and pray that everyone can look at their tough times as an opportunity to share it and inspire others the way this story inspired me.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.