Sometimes, it can seem totally hopeless. What we see before us – if we are looking at it will make us want to head right out of this place and say, “Come Lord Jesus!” I could make a big long list of all the pain I’m feeling…or I can get before the Lord and give Him my tears, and press as hard as I can into His mercy and grace for me, that is new each and every day. He gives me the strength I need to carry on. He gives me the hope that I shouldn’t be walking in, because He is the one I place my trust in. I remember hearing a wonderful missionary speak about how her husband was murdered on the streets of a South American town where they lived, and she had to choose to forgive the ones that killed him. She was the one I choose to listen to and follow, her message of love – that no matter what someone has done, no matter what they say about me, no matter what attacks attempt to assail me, I choose to press past them to the place where I discover the LOVE of Christ – and I pull down that LOVE from heaven and give it out freely to others. It’s only hard when I get my focus off of the one who brought LOVE into the earth, and died to give it to me, to bring restoration back to my weary heart. Remember that God is love.
Hebrews 12:1 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.
This Russian Sage is a plant I love – it is able to go withstand temps up to -20 degrees in winter. Sometimes, we have to be able to withstand, too – and if our roots run deep, we can withstand whatever assails us and ask the Lord to take us higher, where we are seated with Him.