Virtually nothing about my adult life has turned out as I desired. My life has been gut-wrenchingly hard for many reasons the details of which do not so much matter. But I have huge encouragement to offer to anyone who can relate to life turning out very differently than desired.
I have received an unfathomable blessing in the midst of it all that far outweighs all the hardness of and disappointment concerning how my life has turned out.
I have a stunningly beautiful, richly intimate, beautifully blessed personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, all the blessedness of having God with me day in and day out, the promise of heaven with Jesus where no hardness will be not ever, and the indescribable wonderfulness of being called by God to tell the world about Him and to fulfill the specific life calling and purpose He has given me.
I did not end up with the life I wanted not in the least, but I have forever life with Jesus which far surpasses any of the temporary pleasures of this life.
My encouragement to you who are struggling, suffering, hurting, hopeless, overwhelmed, overloaded, etc. is surrender your life humbly and wholly to the Lord Jesus Christ and know the amazingness and awesomeness of being in His fellowship forevermore no matter the trials of this life! Amen!
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:13-16 NKJV