Putting thoughts and emotions into words proves difficult lately. Clarity sits high above me, just out of reach. Emotions stir under a relatively calm exterior. Each day the desire to sit and rest awhile overtakes the need to press on. Distracted, I often stop in the middle of the path, side-tracked by ridiculous details that delay my forward motion. And as the journey becomes long, and the path narrow and sometimes hazy, He lifts my head and I can see glimpses of clear skies through the thick clouds.
My heart is heavy this morning with aches. So many in my life face taxing circumstances today: serious financial pressures, job challenges, life-threatening health issues, schooling changes, strained relationships, struggling marriages, and hurting kids.
It’s so hard sometimes to stand firm against the storms of life isn’t it?
Thank God for the fortitude and strength He provides amid life’s pressures. These words of Paul come to mind:
…we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
…We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Praying for eternal perspective and a little clarity today.