Life can follow challenging paths. It can lead to frustration and anger. It can bring sadness; even grief and loss may be included. All of this can generate fear. The path can unfold even more: exhaustion, drained feelings, and the experience of all energy – emotional and physical – having been spent.
A young lady I know, has struggled through all these feelings over several years. Overwhelmed by all this, she asked: “Can I tap out now?”
It would be easy to have a lengthy discussion about how or even why life brings us to such circumstances. Most of us have found times in life when everything felt like a blind alley, a dead end with no hope in sight. When the overwhelming troubles of life flood into the days and nights, it’s tempting to think God is too busy to worry about me and my situation.
He is not.
The Apostle Paul wrote about this to the Christians living in Rome. During those years, the faithful were under intense persecution by Roman authorities.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV
Even in their nearly impossible situation, these sisters and brothers in the faith are directed to the “God of hope.”
Know and trust that our Heavenly Father loves you without reservation. His love is so great that His Son went all the way to the Cross so that you can know and experience God’s love. He tells each of us about His love over and over.
A thousand years before Jesus walked the earth, God said: “take heart and wait for the Lord.” Jesus said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” Our Lord’s never-changing promise is, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” God’s words of comfort and promise fill the pages of Scripture.
Ref: Psalm 27, John 16, Hebrews 13
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-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!