About the Golden Perspective Series:
GPS is a monthly post will feature a different woman, specifically highlighting their unique fashion choices and written voices. I can't wait to share these amazing, everyday ladies with you! Each of them has an incredible perspective to share, just as each of you do.
About the Author:
This month features the lovely Benita, who is undoubtedly one of the most down-to-earth and contemplative people I know. Her gentle thoughtfulness makes her an incredible creator - She is a splendid photographer, and, as you will soon see, an incredible writer. Her heart for Jesus is humble and pure, and I'm excited for you to get a glimpse into this beautiful human's beautiful mind!
From the Author:
Honestly, the other day was supposed to be one of the worst days ever. I was running on three hours of sleep, and still needed to work on my chemistry lab report and study for my neuroscience exam. I had been working on my report since 5 am, and right when I finally finished working on it my screen froze and all my work was gone. The only thing I could think to do was sit on the floor and cry. It was one of the weeks when life seems to be constantly trying to knock me down. Once I got up, another thing was ready to push me back to the ground.
I was so frustrated that I decided to talk to God. I said, “Father I really don’t know what to do. I still have so much studying to do but no time; there is no way that I can remember all this information.” Then the tears started to flow again. “Father all I can do is trust you because I know that I really can’t do this on my own.” Then, the tears started turning into laughter. I was just thinking about how I’ve been asking God to be able to fully rely on Him in all things big or small.
It’s crazy how God can use the worst and best situations to show His goodness. God is good and that is something that will never change. When life seems to be falling apart, God is still good. When life seems to be falling into place, God is still good. One of my sweet new friends shared a saying with me that I really want to share with you. She told me, “life is not about the mountains or the valleys. It's about how constant and never changing God is through it all.” In all things He is good.
Me being reminded of His goodness is what was able to get me through that day. I was determined not to let my situations determine my mood. I asked God for joy that can only be found in Him. Joy in the Lord is one that is not dependent upon circumstance but on how good God is. And He is so so good. Literally, God has just been leaving me in awe of how good he is.
When you think of the Gospel it doesn't make sense from the human perspective. It is about a Holy God who loves humanity and so desperately desires to be with us but wasn’t able to because of our sin. Sin is what separates us from God because we believe the lie that God doesn’t have our best interest in mind. We believe the lie that we would be able to give ourselves a satisfaction that could only be found in the Lord. Sin made us to be enemies of God not worthy to be in His presence.
The best part is that the story doesn’t end there. God loves us so much that he couldn’t leave us in our brokenness separated from His presence forever. He sent His son, whom He loved dearly, to take the penalty for our sin. Through the resurrection of Jesus we are made beloved sons and daughters of the Most High King, sitting at the right hand of God with Jesus. Through the cross we are free from sin, guilt and shame.
I pray that each day we would just be in awe of the goodness of the Father and the beauty of the Gospel. This beautiful gift is free to all who desire to know God more. If you would like to know more about this sweet gift, Ashlea or I would be happy to tell you more about it.