It seems like I've been typing this an quite more frequently of late... that life is hard and the battle is real. And it is.
In fact, there are days, we all have them, that you just don't want to get out of bed (as evidenced, I'm watching the clock and typing fast, before the "run out the door to work" moment). We look at the situations taking place; those that seemingly have no end in sight and the corresponding conversations that are equivalent with beating a dead horse and wonder... is there ever a break?
Will the storm ever pass?
Will things ever "die down"? Even a little?
Could I catch a moment or two to breath?
To gain perspective?
To step back and consider... even, reconsider?
Reprieve? Anyone? Please?
And five more minutes of sleep, if there's any to spare.
And we all have difficulty. It's hard not to compare; my battles are worthless and pale in comparison to the reality that many of you are waking up to this morning. And yet, you are asking the same aforementioned questions. (and inserting your own favorite phrases) Yet, God is in it all and with you, through it all.
I hadn't planned this, but during our last night's mid-week service, Pastor discussed Job. And asked at the closing, do we have an "others" faith. From Hebrews 11;35 and the few that follow. We all look at the hero's of faith for who their lives and challenges worked out incredible. Verse 35, tells of the others, for whom it worked out without the happy movie ending. Tortured, beaten, persecuted and more. Yet, they were recognized for their faith and perseverance, not knowing how life would turn out for them.
As we face these difficult times together, can I relay what Pastor asked us?
Do you love God for what He does for you? Or do you just love God?
No matter what we encounter, nor what the outcome, may burnout not prevail.
Thanks for joining me, this #deaconThursday, as we pray for a steadfast faith. May we resist the temptation and the suggestion to curse God, when life gets hard and beyond our understanding. Pray for a steadfast faith that stands in the face of trial and potential slaying. Pray our hope and trust in Him would prevail; that those struggling would not give up the fight. May faith arise. For those need a break in the battle, pray the Holy Spirit would quicken body, mind, soul and spirit. Pray once again, strength for the weary and encouragement for the broken-hearted.
Though we be surrounded on all sides
May we remember God stands on our side.
Through the fire and the flame,
Never leaving or forsaking.
May our love for Him and our trust in Him prevail.
For no other reason than He is God... and we are not.
For His glory and the cause of Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.