It’s when the pressures of life…beat hard without reprieve that we grow weary. When were washed in pain and suffering that our resolve begins to fade. We feel trapped, frozen, unable to escape and often escape is our first line of defense.
When we feel stuck, caught in the snare of despair, our circumstances begin to feel hopeless, no way out, no way forward, a victim–hoodwinked by the evil one. Our Savior does not want us to plant our flag in despondency and dejection, nor does He want us to run away from our difficulties–they will only plague us a new day.
Sometimes God ask us to sit right where we are (in the muck and mire) and wait.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.
It is often in the dark, seemly impossible circumstances, that God chooses to teach us humility, perseverance, and opens our eyes to our own selfishness. He gives us strength to follow His Will even when we can’t see any redeeming purpose.
God has given us a free will…we get to choose our attitudes and our actions. We must take responsibility for our choices, actions, and attitudes; this is how integrity and character are developed. If we choose not to take responsibility for our choices, actions, and attitudes…our character has already been decided.
Serving the One who was washed in pain and suffering so that we might have eternal life.