Every life experience up to this point has trained me for what I’m facing now.

I wrote this post back in August, when plans for the new school year were being decided. You’re reading this post after the new school year has begun and we’re living out those plans.

2020, more than any other year I think, has showed the above statement to be true. And I venture to say it’s true of you too. Every experience we face teaches us what we did right and what we need to tweak for next time.

If I were to ask you, “what life experience has prepared you for what you’re facing today, how would you answer?

For me, the answer would be trust. In October 2006, I asked God to help me learn how to trust Him. His answer to that heartfelt prayer? Fourteen years of situations where I had to trust Him…slowly, patiently, with many mistakes, but never giving up.

I started 2020 with a bigger trust muscle than I realized, and it was put to the test in mid-March when life as we knew it changed. Through the ups and downs, changing guidelines (sometimes weekly), sometimes moments of hopelessness or “when will we go back to normal?” or “will we ever go back to normal?” or “do I even want to go back to normal?” I realized I was on a new level of trust with my Heavenly Father. And it felt good.


Going into the unknowns of the last quarter of 2020, while I’m sure I’ll still have my moments of discouragement, I always come back to the truth that I serve a God I have learned how to trust … not to make life look the way I want, but One that wants the best not just for me, but for all of His children.

What’s one life experience you have had that has trained you for what you’re facing now?


© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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