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Time for a Change – Joy Miller

This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 NIV

www.freedigitalphotos.net & thepathtraveler“Here we go again,” I complained. I hadn’t gone to a new counselor in years, but my family and friends were worried about me.

“You need to try someone new,” they urged. So here I was in another waiting room, wondering if this stranger would understand or judge me.

“Joy, you can come back now.” The counselor began with a prayer and then I recited the painful details of what I faced. She was kind and listened patiently. I left exhausted but hopeful. It had been a painful step to establish a new foundation with someone else. But the time was right.

In the book of Ruth we see Naomi and Ruth going to Naomi’s homeland. With their husbands dead, they had nothing left. Naomi was returning to Bethlehem, bitter toward God because of the loss of her husband and sons. Ruth decided not only to follow her mother-in-law, but also to believe in her God.

In that counselor’s waiting room I was like Naomi, angry God hadn’t removed my painful circumstances. Because He hadn’t intervened in the way I wanted, I had to make a change. But just like Naomi, I discovered that even though God sometimes moves us to make unwanted changes, He will be with us and will provide for our every need. He teaches us, grooms us, tests and rewards us because He is our God who knows what is best for us.

When you feel as though God is ignoring you, trust in His promises. Remember He is your God who knows what is best.

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Joy Miller lives in Central Virginia. She is passionate about volunteering at her local crisis pregnancy center. One of her greatest pleasures comes from encouraging others, both at the center and through writing devotionals and sending notes to loved ones. Having worked at one time at a home improvement store, Joy now has her own interior decorating consulting business. Fun times are spent with friends, her precious niece and nephew, and her beloved golden retriever.

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