MOVING FORWARD ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
Is it just me, or does life feel especially chaotic these days? I don't know that I can say I have ever felt completely secure, but these last two years have definitely presented one situation after another that feels unfamiliar and uncomfortable. I don't like wondering what next rug will be pulled out from under my feet.
When I read the Bible, it's so easy for me to have faith in the various situations because I can flip forward a few pages and see the happy ending that God brought about. But I'm not really seeing that happy ending in my own life just yet. I have to go a little deeper with the characters in the stories to try to imagine how they must have felt while walking out their own paths.
We all have our own "middles." In fact, life is just one middle after another. All I ever seem to want to do is get to my own happy ending, to feel stability, certainty, comfort.
And I have to fight hard against these desires every day or I will miss the excitement of the adventure I'm on. Sure, I get tired and I fight fear. I want life to feel warm and safe; and most of the time, it just doesn't. But none of that comfort would be worth anything if it cost me my chance to make a difference while I'm here. The only way I will change the world is if I'm willing to face insecurity and discomfort for the sake of a higher cause. And, through eyes of faith, that higher cause can be better than anything I can ask or imagine.
So when I feel sleepy and wobbly and just want safety, I will yield myself to God's higher plan for my life. I will remember all of those heroes who had to walk through their own middle so that I could have their stories to stabilize me. And I will pray that God will use my life to be someone else's strength and stability, that I can be one of their heroes, when it's finally time for me to rest. When we are all in heaven, rejoicing together, it will have been so worth it.