My hubby recently got some less than stellar blood test results from his doctor so these last two weeks at my house have been filled a flurry of Fitbit worthy activity. Being the wonderful wife that I am I decided to show support and join in on a lot of running that I am neither good at nor enjoy. Minutes pass like hours and my sweat could overflow the Mississippi, but I have been trying my darnedest to just endure and hope it gets better with time.
Anyhoo, my slow death on the treadmill has allowed me to think a lot of endurance. While self-bargaining pep talks and with promises of food may get me through my runs, some days I sure find it hard to get through life in general and I KNOW that I can’t be alone in that.
Do any of you ever feel like the closer you get to God the bigger your challenges seem? To me, it feels like that the seasons in which I am doing my best to look to Christ the hard stuff seems to fly at me monsoon style and I tend to do my worst job of handling it.
Without question, Satan throws his sharpest swords at us when we are trying our best to walk in the footsteps of Christ which that obviously plays a key role in the monsoon style assaults. However, I don’t the assaults are usually the biggest problem–instead I think our attitudes towards life and God in those moments are.
I don’t know about you guys, but when I am really feeling close with Jesus I also tend to get really offended and hurt when He allows hard and impossible things to come my way. I think disappointment runs deep when we start making assumptions about who God is and what He is supposed to do for us. (Remember this post from a few weeks ago?)
Although the verse below is a hard one to swallow I want you to remember this: people who love the Lord have always had to endure things they don’t want to. That may sound a tad depressing but I find comfort in the fact that even superhero bible
To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.1 Corinthians 4:11-13
Yet what did it say he did? He endured it.
Some days following Jesus in a Jesus hating world isn’t sunshine and rainbows and sometimes our good God lets us go through hard things we don’t understand. Yet that doesn’t make any of it less worth enduring.
There is something marvelous to be said of continuing to fight a war with no declaration of freedom in sight. As excruciating and painful as the daily battles can be you WILL win the war if you let God be your commander. There is NOTHING more faith building than being unable to continue another step on your own and trusting God to be your legs.
How many times have you been close to your limit or at your
Endurance grows faith and faith grows strength. Forge your defining moments with endurance and build the unbreakable faith that grows out of the fight.
One of my favorite all-time quotes is by Ann
The world has enough women that know how to do their hair. It needs women who can do hard and holy things.Ann Voskamp
It is so darn easy to step off the treadmill of life in the middle of the exhausting moments but don’t give in! Endure. Build faith. Be strong. Wherever you are right now and in whatever struggle you are facing BE A WOMAN OF ENDURANCE who can do the hard and holy things.