I have lived enough of my life to know there is no way to live without challenges, hurts, and disappointments.
“I’m so disappointed.” Even as the words came out of his mouth, I could see the disappointment had caused hurt deep in his heart.
Being disappointed is a part of this life as we live in a fallen world with broken people. Disappointment is a given, what we do with it is our choice.
Will we still love and follow hard after God even in the midst of the pain? What if our circumstances remain unchanging – will we choose to find joy each day?
Having now lived more of my life than is left to live, I am discovering every storm in my life served one purpose.
Every storm brings an awareness of our dependence on God. Every storm develops deeper roots in the soil of faith and God’s Word.
We either run from the storm or we run our race.
Which way are we running?
Paul understood life was a race to be run and won:
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25, NASB)
We must move forward, past the disappointment, and continue to run our race. Everything occurring in our lives is a part of our story, our portion of life which tells His story. Our lives are to be the story of His power, His grace, and His goodness at work in the lives of broken people.
For the story to be fully told we must press on, keep running, straining to reach the end goal.
I haven’t always liked certain parts of my story, and you won’t like all of yours either. We need to trust Him even with those undesirable parts, knowing or accepting, He will work in every part.
“Hope comes when we let go our our own expectations and watch for what He is actually doing within our actual lives and wait for His conclusion, knowing He will indeed bring us safely out of the storm.”
(from Help, I’m Drowning by Sally Clarkson, page 93)
There’s only one way for us to navigate the storms of life. We must:
- Run with endurance.
- Fix our eyes on Jesus.
- Consider (or remember) all He went through so we will not grow weary and lose heart.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.“ (Hebrews 12:1-3, NASB)
These days we all have been living in for the last year, and longer, are draining. In her post, “Chronic Illness: 6 Tips for Dealing With Fatigue“, Ashley Rowland offers suggestions for those battling fatigue from chronic illness. But they are suggestions which will truly help us all. You can read her post HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.