"Some men were bringing on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed, and they tried to carry him in and lay him before Jesus. But finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him with his stretcher through the tiles into the midst, in front of Jesus."
There is always a way out.
You may be contemplating a few things today as you read this message wondering, "How did I get myself into this situation?" "How can I get out?"
Some of the following may be preventing you from truly moving forward:
- I'm sick of this pressure at work. Who else has to go through this?
- My bills are pilling up, up, up. I am making more and still can't make ends meet.
- There is no way I can save this marriage. I'm done hoping.
- My child is just not getting it. He is going to find himself in some trouble soon.
- There is no way I can lose this weight I'm just getting too old.
Yet, the scripture above says there was "no way" to get through the crowds with Jesus. But, with God there. those men made it through an impossible crowd. They didn't give up until they found it. Yes, there is always a way even in the darkest night. Sometimes we forget that.
I want you to know, right now, there is always a way. It may not be easy or convenient. It may not come quickly. You may have to go to great lengths, but if you refuse to give up, you will find a way.
I once knew a teacher, Katherine, who had wanted to be part of the local public school system. She started in a school that was close to home and planned on retiring there. One night the unthinkable happened, and she found herself in jail with a DUI. She was just out with a few friends celebrating a birthday and a good time was just not in her favor. Having a DUI with a teaching license is not the best duo. Although the state can not "officially" let you go, they can decline to "reappoint" you for a teaching position the following year.
Katherine was devastated. She was just finishing up on court appearances for an embarrassing mishap when she received the news she would be jobless, too. She didn't give up but scoured the pavement looking for work. She found a local private school willing to take her in and give her a second chance.
Five years passed. Each year Katherine diligently looked into the public school system to get back in. Nothing happened, no interviews, no correspondence - she was at her whits end. She didn't give up though. She knew if she continued to persevere that God would find a way to get her back into the place called home. Finally, that call came. Her diligence paid off, and God blessed her with an opening at the same facility she trained in and had been praying for.
God has a plan for you, and he has heard your prayers. You may not realize how close you are to this breakthrough. Even if you have to wait five years as Katherine did - or more - if you keep pressing, it will come. Whatever you do, don't give up right now even if you can't see that flag of victory. Don't ever stop hoping or believing. Tell yourself you will never give up or quit - right now!
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me not to be a quitter
Help me to realize that you are always there guiding me to victory
Teach me how to trust you for the end result.
Remind me that you are with me every step of the way.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always