Pushing God Away

I’m struggling to know where to begin this post.

Honestly, the first two words might be a good place to start.

I’m struggling.

Not really like “I’ve sinned” kinda struggle. And somehow deliberately sinning seems easier to admit to than my life right now.

I’ve just kind of pushed God away.

*insert gasp from friends and family*
*insert here comments about how I still post bible verses so I must be ok*

Before I go any further let me say this: I love Jesus, I feel like my faith is still growing.

Yeah, I pushed God away. I pushed Him away in the sense that for about a year I haven’t truly wanted to grow deeper in the Lord, and I haven’t wanted to pray or pursue Him because I was scared of Him saying “no” in my life again.

I’ve been selfish. I’ve even pushed certain friends away because I didn’t want their faith to convict me.

It’s a lot easier for me to rely and trust in God when I am going through difficult seasons, but as soon as I am doing well and find my footing, I feel like God becomes an after-thought.

Graduating was a huge moment in my life. I took it as a big opportunity to try to figure out who I am. Silly me forgot that there’s the me that I can make myself, and there’s the me that God wants to make me. So in finding myself, I think I lost myself.

Last year I literally prayed the words, “God, whatever calling you have on my life, take it away right now because it’s too much.”

It was too much because growing up, anytime I hit a rough season in my life, people would tell me how God is going to use it to help others. And they would say, “oh, you’re going through this for a reason.”

I grew, so tired.

I just wanted a normal life.

One that had some kind of routine, one that didn’t make me feel different.

At the begging of last year I felt like my life could go one of two ways, and neither one was necessarily wrong. Looking back, I feel like God was being gracious, and letting me feel like I was making my grown-up choices, but He was still guiding me.
Because, I genuinely have never felt like I am doing what I should be doing. I have such a peace about school, and my major. (Just trying not to lose sight of why I feel like I was called to do what I am doing now!)

I’ve had months of praying, and telling God I’m sorry, and asking Him to re-direct me if (I most likely have) made any wrong choices.
And I asked Him to bring me back to the life he has for me.

Because without God…life sucks. I haven’t blogged because I have literally had no passion, and pretty much zero creativity. I blame being drained because I pushed myself too much in music through highschool and needed a break, but now I mostly blame not pursuing God.

God is the reason I am who I am. He’s the reason I have the abilities to do what I do. And I recognize and admit, that I have been selfish and scared.

I didn’t want God to take away what I wanted. I didn’t want to pray because I didn’t want that stirring in my heart to move me from where I had gotten comfortable. It wasn’t that I lacked faith or stopped believing in the Lord and that He can do extraordinary things. I have never loved the Lord more in my life, I was just in-wanting of something new.

But all the while, I should be pursuing and craving what God has for me.

I stopped talking about God, because I had nothing to talk about. Turns out you become a really terrible faith-blogger if you’re not growing in your faith (ha, who knew?)

All through highschool, I feel like I was definitely growing some momentum and building a lovely platform with some followers who have been with me now for like 2 years (WHAT?) but they were following my twitter and Instagram because of my faith, not because of me. And I totally took it for granted, I totally forgot the real reason I was doing what I was doing.

I wanted to use my platform for other things, and it didn’t work out. It’s been a humbling year, realizing how much of my life only exists because of God.

And I hope and pray, that from this moment on, I never forget that.

I think every believer goes through seasons of trying to make it on their own, they just get to ashamed to talk about it. So I’m being so blunt and honest, and for months I didn’t want to say it. But there, I said it.

If you’re going through the same things, I promise you that God is still waiting for you.
It’s ok to admit you’re wrong, and learn from life.

So yeah, I think I’m doing better now. It’s just a process of learning how to fit faith into real-life. Hello, new-season-of-life-that-is-harder-than-I-thought-it-would-be.

Yeah, you have to let A LOT go. In October I wrote myself a note that said, “be more vulnerable with God.” And those words have haunted me because it’s scary to trust God like that. Trust me, I have placed so many things in God’s hands and He never gives it back. But I 100% promise, He truly has better things in store for you than you can imagine. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

“Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Psalm 90:14-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Pushing God Away

  1. Jeneca Zody says:

    Anna, thank you for being so real and honest. I definitely feel you, I think I’ve been struggling as well, but I don’t know if I can quite put it into words as well as you have. I think I’ve just allowed stress of my senior year and worries what lies ahead and what the heck I’m supposed to be doing in life has majorly gotten to me.

    But… thank you for being honest, really. It’s hard when if seems as if everyones kinda got everything together but I feel the exact opposite. It’s almost funny how hard it *seems* to trust God… when in the end I know it’ll work out much better and trusting Him is the right thing to do ;P

    but again, thank you. I look forward to whatever you post next. ❤

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    • Anna Joy says:

      Thanks for your comment Jeneca! I was reading some old journal entries today, and I came across a page where I had written a rant to myself about how it’s ok not knowing what you are doing. Honestly, just embrace the day. Tomorrow isn’t today, and you won’t have today tomorrow. I use to stress SOOOO much over my future, I still stress over it sometimes, but there’s such a peace in waking up everyday and asking God, “what do you have for me today? How can I serve You and those around me TODAY?” It’s amazing to see how taking little steps everyday builds a journey that is so delicately designed by Christ.

      Keep seeking, and trust the Lord!! ❤

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  2. Hanne T says:

    Ugh I feel this so hard! All of 2017 felt like a spiritual drought of sorts: I was trying to get ready for My Life™ and wasn’t motivated to pursue God at all. Sure, I went to church, but aside from that, I did literally nothing in terms of talking with God. Thank you, so much, for putting into words so much of what happened to me. ❤

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    • Anna Joy says:

      It’s seriously so terrifying trusting God 100%, especially in the seasons of getting ready for life! Hopefully 2018 is a year where all of us step up our pursuit of Christ, and maybe that’ll bring some kind of hurricane of faith. There’s nothing more refreshing than a downpour after a drought! 🙂

      Also, thanks for your comment and encouragement!!

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  3. ReaganColbert says:

    Your honesty is so refreshing, and I praise God that you’ve come back to Him. I know how hard it is. Reading this hit me right in my deepest places, because I am exactly where you are right now. In the past year of my life, I pushed Him away just like you described. Only I sinned too, I’m ashamed to say, because I was impatient and didn’t trust Him. Turns out I never had. Having my heart broken left God to pick up the pieces, and you are so right when you say it’s a “new-season-of-life-that-is-harder-than-I-thought-it-would-be.” That’s my new motto 🙂 And now I’m on this terrifying journey of trusting Him with EVERYTHING.

    I’m 3 months into this new walk, and it’s hard. I too fell away from writing and blogging, but I’m back at it now and trying to be vulnerable on my blog too. I’m following your blog now and look forward to sharing your journey with you. I pray that He continues to guide you now that you’re back on His path.

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  4. Anna Joy says:

    Thank you so much for this comment (and following my blog!)
    I think honesty is so important. It often feels like we are walking alone in these mistakes, but Christianity isn’t instant perfection, it’s redemption. God knows we make mistakes, but He has grace for our efforts and endeavors in the LIFE he has for us. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to encourage one another. That doesn’t just mean encouraging when we are at our best, but also at our worst, so that in our weakness, Christ is made stronger and His light will shine brighter.

    I am so glad to hear that you are choosing to grow in the Lord. You will be in my prayers as He guides your words and your choices!

    God bless!

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