through the hard places

Life sometimes seems hard. A number of factors can contribute to that, of course. There’s no shortage of problems in this life, in this world. Tragedies abound and difficulties meet us at nearly every turn. Of course there is much good as well. And there are seasons of unmitigated joy in which whatever problems we face seem or actually are inconsequential in the scheme of things. Part of this, in fact a large part can be perspective. I may carry on myself burdens that the Lord never intended me to carry. And whatever burdens I have, I’m supposed to cast them all on him, knowing he cares for and sustains us, and that he will never let the righteous be shaken (Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7).

We need to carry on, regardless. I have found out through the years, that I best get on with things. There are low places and difficulties every day, but we don’t have to be submerged by them. At the same time if we are for a time, we can trust that the Lord will bring us through and lift us out of those places into the place of joy and peace. I know that by experience, and we have to go on God’s word to us in scripture regardless of our experience. Too many of us are moved by experience as in by our feelings or circumstances, one example reacting in fear, something I’m all too experienced at as well to a fault.

So we need to keep our head up (or down in prayer) in faith, knowing that God will see us through and lift us out of those deep, dark places. So that we can help others who are experiencing something of the same (2 Corinthians 1:3-11) in and through Jesus.

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