This last week, I met up with one of the coolest, or dare I say it quirkiest gals that I know in order to get the inside scoop of what God is teaching her and let me just say now that it was a pleasure.
It has been TOO long since I’ve interviewed anyone for a “for when,” so I knew I had to make my next one for this week’s blog post.
Megan Kraus is not only a fun pal and Quirky Christian, but she has great vocal cords, can do amazing things with a pilot G-2 pen, and has reached her final semester at Kent State University studying Human Development and Family Studies.
It was a lovely afternoon as we sat in the city of Kent’s renowned coffee shop, Treecity, the sunlight pouring in through the large window as Megan walked me through what the Good, Good Father has been teaching her in the midst of this season of her life.
As her time as a student is dwindling, Meg explained that she feels a sense of urgency and expectation regarding what is coming next in her life.
I think this is definitely something that we all feel from time to time, and the pressure must feel its heaviest in the seasons prior to transition; that such as where Megan has found herself.
She explained that she feels like she must have a concrete answer to the question—like she needs to know for sure what she’s got next for herself. Even so, she’s come to acknowledge that in actuality, we almost never know what is coming next for us, and we don’t need to know and that’s normal and okay.
Despite this, Meg is finding her time in the waiting to be something exciting to be a part of.
Excitement, however, does not come without its obstacles, as I’m sure all of you have come to realize at some point in your life (and if not, believe me, buddy, it’s coming for you). Meg is figuring out how even throughout her excitement, uncertainty can manifest itself into our relationship with God, and with uncertainty, there comes beckoning obedience to God.
For Meg, one way that obedience takes form is through worship. Worship is one of those rather general terms in the way that it can really be applied to anything. In a practical sense, Meg is striving to sing even when she is harboring feelings of doubt—to worship (however that might look) despite how she feels. Sometimes we need to make a very conscious decision to choose God, to choose to worship.
If we are constantly relying on how we feel to decide how to act, then we are putting ourselves and our relationship with God at a disadvantage.
God does not change with the times. His Goodness is unwavering; circumstances do not change that about God.
Some Bible verses that Megan pointed out when we were talking:
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me”John 10:14
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”John 10:27
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”Luke 12:32
and Psalm 27 in its entirety. Megan also referred to Genesis 32 after verse 22 in which Jacob wrestles with God. In the story, Jacob walks away with a broken hip and a new name. Meg explained that the “tug of war” with God was worth it, and that even when we’re wrestling with Him, God is still protective, mindful, limitless and incredibly versatile.
God is Who we need Him to be when we need Him, however we might need Him to be.
One of the coolest things I took with me after our conversation were these words spoken by Meg which were a reflection of Psalm 27:
Even in perceived depravity, I am still receiving Good things and that alone is worth praising HimMegan Kraus
As promised in the For When’s section, here are some things to remember for when you’re learning obedience.
- Anxieties are an affliction NOT sin.
“Anxieties are an affliction, not sin. The prayer in the garden of Gethsemane shows that the proceeding anxiety is equally God’s will and equally part of our human destiny; the perfect Man experienced it, and the servant is not greater than the master—we are Christians, not stoics.
2. Ask yourself: do you understand the love you have in your life? Is there this mentality of scarcity that you’re feeling? Do you believe He will bless you?
3. Remember that God doesn’t have limitations.
When we’re experiencing fear, there is a temptation to limit God—to put Him inside a box that He really can’t fit in. Sometimes change can make us feel like we’re losing something, or like we’re missing out. But that’s not the Truth that comes from God. He wants us to be happy, He wants to give us Good things. Perception is not reality.
4. There is no end to God’s provision.
For this one, I’m just gonna drop this lil dude here:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” Malachi 3:10
5. The Goodness we’re experiencing won’t be ripped away.
Megan has a lot of advice for us. Thanks, Meg.
God is in the business of surprises. The love of God can be bewildering, but “it is a constant nonetheless” —Megan Kraus
We are enabled to do the seemingly mundane because of God.
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