“What you see is not always what you get. And what you get is not always what you want.”

First Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

I believe this inspiring hope for the future doesn’t just apply to the by and by but has profound implications for our lives today. If God has prepared something for us that will take our breath away after we leave this earth, it must in some way, mark and shape our existence while we walk through life’s tough days and triumphs during our time here.

I’ve always wondered how you see God in all your appointments and disappointments? How can you recognize a God you can’t see? How do you make sense of life when the events all around you seem senseless, if not hopeless?

Many of us look in the mirror and say, “I would not have chosen this body or these features!” What our Creator gave us, if given a choice, is not what we wanted. The beginning of maturity in life is not only accepting the DNA God gave us but celebrating the person He made. Some days you and God will be your only cheerleaders. He expects you to be a good one because He created you to win!

It’s the same with our journey through life. What we get many times is not what we want. Our choices and God gives us many, determine much of what happens in our future, but not everything.

When we are young, we often say, “Why do some people seem to get all the breaks, and everything always seems to come up roses?” As one who has lived a lot of years, it only seems that way. No one gets all they want. However, God has promised we will always have what we need.

Living at peace, Isaiah 26:3, starts with having a healthy love for who God made you and being satisfied with His daily provision. People who are frustrated with either or both, will never have the sacrificial love needed to love and provide for others.

One day, all of us will finally meet the invisible One who made us. We will examine from eternity’s perspective the lifelines, experiences and events along our life’s pathway. We will at last understand how every detail made sense in the blur of reality of life’s blessings and challenges.

They will speak of God’s transcending love. A love we will never fully grasp in this life. At that moment, we will rejoice that who God made, the one we saw in the mirror, was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” The path, yes, the one full of challenges, was truly the fulfillment of our destiny. And, we wouldn’t change one detail.

If you didn’t get all that you wanted in 2019, thank God that He gave you all that you needed. It’s the choice of maintaining a thankful heart in spite of disappointment that provides the peace the Bible describes in Philippians 4:7 as one that, “passes all understanding.” It’s also trusting in an unseen God and not your feelings that provides a, “joy that is indescribable.” (1 Peter 1:8)

Regardless of what 2020 may bring your way, your Heavenly Father will provide all that you need. Beginning with His guaranteed peace and joy!