We have all had those times in our lives when unexpected circumstances demand and divert 100% of our attention. Sometimes they are short-term, and sometimes they are extenuated and long.
Monday, I had short unexpected schedule change that took me flying off the path that I had planned out for myself for 24 hours. Though it was tedious and stretched my abilities physically and emotionally, I am amazed once again at how these unexpected circumstances help me grow so practically in Christ. It is an exercise of faith, a test of endurance, and a clear example of His grace working through my life, giving me strength, perseverance, and answering prayer!
I was truly blessed yesterday to have amazing friends drop their plans to come alongside and help me, joyfully! This is God’s kingdom at work! Following His timing, learning to trust and depend on Him for His strength, and joining our brothers and sisters in Christ to do that which cannot be done in this space and time without the Holy Spirit’s encouragement and empowerment!
When I know it is impossible for the task before me to be completed in the time allotted God does the impossible through me when I work in and through Him. When I have no energy to take the next step whether physically or mentally, He sustains me and I continue on...in Him.
Though exhausted and well, almost delirious today, I have an excitement in my heart with the knowledge that my perseverance through Christ in this small really insignificant 24 hours has built more of His character in me and has put His joy and hope in my heart!
Romans 5:5 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”