One of the most tangible lessons I learned as a new Christian was the idea of perseverance. Keep going for Jesus even when it’s so much easier to give up and do what we want. I had come across some tough opposition and didn’t really know when or if it would ever end. I was single then, and having really difficult family drama. I had a couple of flat tires (and I was flat broke), I was having a hard time finding a job that would give me the hours I needed, and a bunch of other little things that kept coming up. None of them were as big a deal individually, but all at the same time. The constant “one thing after another” seemed overwhelming. I felt like if one more thing happened I wouldn’t be able to handle it. A dear friend and mentor showed be a couple of verses that still speak to me whenever life gets to be a bit much.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
I know I shared the first with you just yesterday, but that’s the same verse that was shared with be over 11 years ago. I’ll never forget what that meant to me in the middle of a big trial, seasoned with lot of little discouragements. You know what? I made it through that trial and all the little things that were going wrong were corrected as well. As the years have passed (and time literally seems to “fly by” as soon as you hit your twenties) I still hold on to those verses when thing get tough. We all have moments and seasons which seem to be a never-ending pouring out of bad news. Hold to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. He never fails to make things turn out better than we hoped, if we would just come to Him and let Him teach us. His yoke is easy.
Just a couple of months ago a serious “game changer” happened upon our family. One of those turn-your-world-upside-down things. But, in just a couple of months things are looking as great as they can. It seems Nick and I are in the middle of a never-ending bombardment of honestly tricky and complicated ministry. I know that Jesus always gets me through. I have learned so often that He is able. No matter how bleak, dire, hopeless, or taxing a situation is, there is always a plan. I don’t know what the plan is, but God has proven himself trustworthy and constant time and again. Always. All I have to do is not give up. Persevere.