"The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror, but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon my high places (of trouble, suffering, or responsibility)!"
Feeling like your quest for the daily grind has come to halt? Like that conveyor belt has just jammed and your in the process of making your way all up hill at a painfully slow pace?
Most of us have from time to time. And it is usually when the weather warms us that we peer out of hibernation and try to get a "hold on things". But, sometimes that hold isn't easily seen like fine fishing line when it is cast out. You just never know what direction that catch is coming from.
We all go through situations in life that can be down right bad at sometimes. We often label this to friends and family as "I'm going through something". That usually brings on that negative vibe doesn't it? Why does it always have to be bad when we drift from our normal routines? Can't we view this from another angle?
Our friends, as mediators, are notorious for picking out the positive side of it all. Haven't you been in that same boat offering positive suggestions to others? Why can't we use that same philosophy on ourselves? Let's be forthright, we may be facing difficulties, but at least we're moving forward.
Isiah 43:2 says, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, or will the flame kindle upon you. " God's word is clear: you will go through things. You will face adversity. That's not BAD news - it's reality.
So, according to the Bible we will go through things. It is not that God destines us for failure. We go through these very circumstances, challenges, and situations that make us people who know how to overcome adversity. We do not grow or become stronger during the good times. We grow when we pass through difficulties without giving up.
This automatic growth is not necessarily the result of difficulty. Hardships don't necessarily produce strength in us. It is not that simple. We must choose the right attitude toward our challenges. We can't give up. AND we may have to do what is right for a long time before we see the results we want. It is important to stay faithful through this time. Once we get through the challenges we are facing, we emerge as better people often with blessing we didn't expect.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "Leave it at your feet, Lord."
Help me to realize that you are always guiding me.
Teach me to trust that if I leave it at your feet YOU will handle it.
Remind me that everything will fall into place.
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