Sometimes You Just Have to Live Through It!

We all want our days to be picture perfect. Waking up from a restful night’s sleep. Having a good hair day. Birds chirping outside. Sun shining. Clothes fitting well. No family drama or traffic to deal with. A productive day at work (or home) and an enjoyable evening. 

Problem is…

We're tempted to believe that others live that way but that we rarely do. Why?

Because on this ‘reality show’ of true life, it’s messy. In fact, we’re blessed if even one of those things happen in a day! If I could, I'd go for a good hair day everyday. Somehow, it just makes everything that day to seem a bit brighter (Silly,  huh?!)

Or maybe we just don’t notice when things are going good? I bet there are lots of mornings when I don’t really appreciate the fact that my clothes fit and the sun is shining. The only time I notice that there is no traffic to deal with is after a trip to town following a hay-hauling tractor (at 15 mph) or  when I actually have to stop for construction signs for bridge repair or resurfacing. I’m spoiled. I know it.

How about you?

Are you getting bogged down in the ‘stay home’ way of life? Having a harder and harder time dealing with ‘Me, Myself & I’ as one of your main sources of social interaction? The walls may even seem like they are closing in a bit.

So, where are you finding your joy? Where are you finding the strength to persevere through the monotony or the endless hours of work caring for children or working on the front lines of COVID19? Where has God been stretching you, and how flexible have you been willing to be?

Sometimes just walking, sitting, bending and kneeling is all God requires of us. Walking in His ways. Sitting at His feet. Bending in submission to His will. Kneeling in adoration and awe at His holiness and sovereignty. The Bible has a lot to say about remaining faithful, persevering and trusting in the One who knows what our days hold in store for us. One passage, that speaks of the end times, caught my attention today. Matthew 24:10-14 says that “many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other…many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Now, I don’t know the day or hour when Jesus will return to take us home. What I do know is that nothing is surprising to God. We can trust Him as we see the chaos around us. We can stand firm knowing that He will hold us. The gospel will continue to be preached throughout the world…

…and we are a part of that process!!!

So, keep walking through this storm. Keep seeking your strength from the only One that has a never-ending supply of grace, hope and peace.

Keep living - and trusting - in His grace!


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