by Anne Sikes
It is so very easy to become discouraged when one is trying so hard, and time after time, it just seems that there are roadblocks to move out of the way, or to somehow find a way around. And more have come today. Sometimes I just want to cry out and ask why this just can’t be easier!! Still, I will not turn back. I will not just sit alongside the road, even when the roadblock is going to take a bit of time to move and I am stalled. I’ll still do what I can in the meantime…even if it’s just praying sometimes, and keeping my eyes focused above. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) That’s one of my favorite passages in the Bible and I remind myself of it often.
I wrote this note on Facebook recently, and it seems appropriate to share again today.
How Much Do You Want This?
The Lord opened a door, and curiously, with anticipation of great things, I walked through it. I took a step forward and twisted my ankle. Disheartened, I heard the Lord say, “How much do you want this?” Hearing His voice, I knew He was still there with me, and I said, “Lord, I want this!” So I hobbled along the pathway.
I took a step and suddenly was surrounded by a swarm of bees. In pain, and discouraged, I heard the Lord say, “How much do you want this?” Again, His voice comforted me, and I said, ” I want this very much, Lord!” And I continued on.
As I was walking on, I suddenly was met with violent winds, whipping me with doubts. I thought, “I don’t know how I can continue! My ankle is swollen, the bee stings hurt, and the winds have shaken me! I don’t know what lies ahead!” I heard the Lord say, “How much do you want this?” Comforted that my Lord was still there, and secure in the knowledge that He would never leave me, I continued on.
What lies ahead on this path? I don’t know, but I know that I will continue on. And I know He will be with me still.
2 Corinthians 4:7-18
King James Version (KJV)
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.