1 Timothy 4:12 is a great descriptor of today's Living Letter writer, Brenna, whose higher perspective of her situation is an example for us all.
My name is Brenna and I am 14 years old. I have been a POstable for three to four years now. Although my story isn't a miracle or super life changing, I wanted to share how Signed, Sealed, Delivered has impacted my life and also how I finally realized God's presence was in my life.
I just thought about it the other day while talking to my mom about starting high school September 5th (shudder) and I realized it the was perfect Living Letter story, but I also realized that God was behind it. Until now I never realized even after it happened that God was there the whole time working out his plan for me and answering my prayers.
Fifth grade was an unforgettable school year for me and not for good reasons. That year I lost all my friends. I won't say I didn't contribute to it because of course that is not true, but my supposed best friend at the time really turned on me and hurt me badly. After she did, all my friends did. A little innocent fifth grader at the time, I thought this was the end of the world. I cried myself to sleep so many nights over not knowing who to sit with at lunch and asking God, "Why does nobody like me?"
The rest of fifth grade I bounced around between friend groups in my grade, but I couldn't find any that suited me. I started just playing by myself at recess. Luckily it was the end of the school year because I couldn't take much more of this drama! In sixth grade I meant a really nice girl who took me into her group of friends. She had gone to a different elementary school than me so we didn't know each other, but we had some classes together and she invited me to sit with her at lunch. At first I thought wow this is great, but then I realized that this group of friends was already made.
Then in seventh grade, I reconnected with some of my old friends from third grade. It took me four years to realize they were right in front of me the whole time! God made me wait two years after all the drama, but it was worth it. Once I learned to be patient and trust the timing, God really came through for me. Now I have the best group of friends in the world. They are so supportive and one of them is even a fellow POstable! I don't think that is a coincidence.
I realized from reminiscing on this experience that God was there the whole time working in me and fulfilling His plan for me. He was waiting for me to hand it over to Him and trust the timing. He was taking the blindfold off so that I could see the perfect friends I had been longing for were right in front of me that whole time! The whole time God was preparing me for that. Just think, if He never showed me all the people I wasn't meant to be friends with, I wouldn't have been able to identify friend material - at least the material I was looking for. And if I hadn't learned what a total disconnection felt like from that group in sixth grade, I never would have been able to recognize the connection I felt with my friends I have now. Now I get to go into high school with the best of friends! Just in time right?
As always, the Living Letters series continues as long as there are stories (or even praise reports) to share, and I'm always looking for submissions. If you would like to contribute something about how Signed, Sealed, Delivered has impacted your life (or even your wardrobe) that you'd be willing to share here on A&D, feel free to email me. Keep the good going and submit yours today!