I need to encourage somebody, who is going through a dark time. Maybe its grief, sickness, abandonment, loneliness, financial problems, ministry woes, business failing … whatever.
There’s a devotional, I wrote last year, regarding roller coasters. When you’re on a roller coaster, there comes a time when you might have to go through the part of the ride, that’s dark. Although, it only lasts a second, you still experienced the darkness. Why? Well, it’s part of the journey. You don’t get to customize the ride to fit you, by telling the operator, “I want to skip the dark parts,” do you? No, you get on, pull the bar down, to lock you in place and then prepare for the ride. If this is the case, what makes you think, you can change the parts of this journey, you have no control over.
Instead, here’s what you do. BUCKLE UP!
Sure, there’s going to be some twists and turns, some moments that cause your stomach to drop, sometimes you’ll have to scream out, squeeze your eyes shut and pray for it to end. It will but while you’re riding, this roller coaster of life; hold your head up, only lowering it when you’re in the posture of prayer. Trust that your God has made you to endure, withstand and overcome. And if nothing else, know that sometimes, in the dark parts of our journey, is when God has taken us down for maintenance. Hold tight because you’ll be back, running, in tip top condition in no time.
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8