I remember reading this quote during what Laura Story would call a trial of of my life last year and shaking my head. I had faith, a flicker of hope, somewhere down deep inside me. I knew He had a reason, a purpose for the tears and the sleepless nights. I just didn’t know what it was.
Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." (John 13:7)
And even once that season of my life had passed and I was surrounded by happier times, I still wasn’t quite sure what exactly had happened—I didn’t fully understand why He had done what He had done, just that He had played a major role in it.
But this evening, as I randomly began to reflect over the changes I’ve seen in myself over the past year with my friend B, it came together like the snap of a finger. A neat little gift all wrapped and waiting for me. I understood what He had done.
Because the sleepless nights, the tears, that trial of my life—they were now overshadowed by so many larger blessings.
He did have a bigger plan for me.
A plan that I couldn’t have ever hoped, dreamed, or even thought to pray about because I didn’t even know it was something that I desired or needed.
But He did.
From that trial came: the befriending of a wonderful AC, the active involvement in a campus club that has reached epic proportions this year—and continues to grow—, the meeting and befriending of so many different people (including peers, professors, faculty, and another awesome AC) across campus that I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet otherwise.
That is perhaps the biggest blessing that I pinpointed during my time of reflection—my growth from an extremely shy person to a girl who is quite a bit more willing to put herself out there. To meet others, to make friends, to have a full and fulfilling life here at BC.
And He knew that was what I needed. He knew how to make that happen.
Sure it came with few tears and a little bit of heartache along the way, but all I needed to do was have faith.
And I will remember that moving forward. I will carry His words with me during future trials. I might not understand in the moment, even weeks or months later, but one day it will happen—you will understand His plans for you. You just must simply—have faith.
Because we started with Laura Story, let’s end with her, too—her words have helped to put all of this into even clearer perspective.
And because I can’t stop exploring my newest obsession, Pinterest, a few pins, too?
I hope each of you are having a fabulous weekend! I can’t wait to hear all about them—and share our adventures, too :)