The door before you seems locked. The mountain in your path seems too big to cross. The seas look too wild to sail. For certain, this is God rerouting your life, punishing you, or closing a door. How quickly we arrive at that conclusion when facing adversity. But is it?
Don’t be so quick to throw in the towel and call it quits. In our society, we look for open doors, big highways, and the easy way. I’m starting to realize that open doors, big highways, and the easy way aren’t the most fulfilling way and may not be the best way for you.
We applaud heroes because of the sacrifices they make. We flock to movies and cheer the characters on as they face almost impossible odds. But when the spotlight turns to us our faith diminishes.
I like the story about the disciples fearing for their lives as the storm sets in while in a boat. Jesus was sleeping and they awoke him and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” We all know what happens next, He calmed the sea. He then asked them why they had no faith.
I think Jesus asks us that same question. When the difficulty comes and we start to freak out and decide it’s time to give up. I know I do. There have been many times I sat in sulked thinking God is not in this, I’m not sure what to do and complain and quit away I go. But then God steps in and calms me and He will step in for you.
So next time difficulty gets in your way remember the stories of old and let your faith shine. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean God is not in it but maybe just the opposite. Maybe he’s up ahead on the path calling you on. Just a little further, He says, the view is spectacular.