"God is sovereign."
I heard that for the very first time about five years ago from my good friend Travis.
At the time I simply thought of it as a phrase he would utter when my fraternity brothers and I were going through a difficult time. However, the more difficult seasons I have endured, and the more joy I have found while on this walk of faith, the more I have grown to dearly appreciate that reminder.
God is sovereign; there is no situation that I can experience that my Father will not see me through.
I have been brought low.
I have been overcome with depression, I have been familiarized with the despair of addiction, I have felt betrayed by those who I loved the most, I have felt like a failure, and I have been through other things that I don't really like to talk about because they do not define me.
I have been raised high.
I have learned that because of Christ I am capable of much more than I ever thought possible. I have discovered my identity and purpose. I have been given the opportunity to pursue my passion in front of thousands. I have had my prayers answered and I have been healed spiritually, emotionally & physically numerous times.
Through the many highs and lows, I am being continually reminded that my God is sovereign. My hope is not rooted in things getting "better" this side of eternity, or whether or not I will find myself in the ideal situation. My hope is in a sovereign God who has never failed me, and his ability to bring life to a dying world.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”