I have recently been struggling with some comments from people regarding the reason why I would choose to live so far from my family. Granted, I do live in the most beautiful place in America, so the reasons may appear obvious, but for some reason, none of them have decided to join me in my personal paradise :)
However, I have always known that it is better to be far away from family than far away from a place that God can greatly use me. Not that God could not use me in the mid-west; He has just chosen to maximize His service in my life by placing me on the sunny coast of CA. He, not my personal desires, will be the only thing that ever moves me.
Anyway, all that being said, I have been singing this song today, and it somewhat characterizes this recent struggle. I love the line that says: "And I know there will be days when this life brings me pain, but if that is what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain!" So, in my own version, I say: "And I know there will be days when I wish I was close to family, but if distance is what it takes to praise you, then Jesus, keep me far!"
Enjoy. It can apply to many situations in life. I pray we all have the trust in Him to pray for the rain!