Written By Loza Theodros
Six years ago, I met Isayas in the snowy mountains of a Christian camp. We met and didn’t think much of it. I saw him, and simply thought, “hmm, he’s cool.” That was it. We briefly engaged in a classic platonic conversation and went about our own ways. Looking back at this encounter now, I find it wildly hilarious how God works.
I had no idea that God was only covering our eyes from truly seeing one another.
One of the first lessons I learned through all of God’s doing is that the right thing at the wrong time makes it the wrong thing. It’s imperative to trust God with His timing because His timing is perfect.
Four years later, I found myself in a transition. I had just graduated pharmacy school, and I was eager to see how faith could actually instruct my decisions. During this season, I was inspired to start blogging about the journey. Even starting the blog itself was a step out in faith. I wasn’t sure who was going to read the blog or if it was going to be well received.
This brings me to another major lesson – when God inspires us to do something, all that is required of us is our “yes.” Any related outcome is up to Him.
What a joy it is to witness the fruit of faith. Before I knew it, people were reading and being encouraged by the blog. One person in particular who reached out to me was, of course, Isayas. He consistently was reading and encouraging me in my writing. I thought to myself “ wow, a brotha that reads and is engaging!” I later discovered that he was in a similar season of pushing past his fears and being led by faith and not by sight. This brings us to another foundational lesson—faith works in every avenue of your life as long as you let it.
WHen you give God room to show up, He shows out.
It’s easy to think that faith only requires us to believe that after death we will be united with our Maker. Even though this is true, there is so much more to trusting God here and now. To be obedient when He speaks may lead you into uncharted waters but trusting that He knows best will soon reveal that you can actually walk on water. What a pity it would be to miss out on that type of adventure with God. He proves Himself faithful to His word and the work He has begun in us.
We have to trust that He has the best in store for us even in our RELATIONSHIPS.
Unearthing the knowledge that Isayas was God’s best for me was and is still a delight. After talking for a few months, we made it official and began dating. During the dating phase of our relationship, we learned one another and grew intimately. Though amazing, the journey to where we are now wasn’t easy. We were challenged by the long-distance (he was in London and I was in Oklahoma), the desire to remain pure, and the need for more time with one another. Divinely, by the grace and help of the Holy Spirit, we made it through the distance, honored Him with sexual purity, and grew stronger together mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Eleven months later, Isayas proposed and here we are – 12 months into our marriage and learning to trust God in even greater measure.
More than any other lesson, we have learned that God truly has better plans for our lives than we have for ourselves.
When we live a life that answers “yes” to His will and His way, we will revel at all of His glory and all the good that is made of our story. He is God. He is good. And He knows what He is doing. Trust Him.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.