Have you ever been on an airplane and fallen asleep in one state or country and woke in another? Or maybe you got caught up in the book you were reading and the next thing you know you are preparing to land.
My husband and I take long road trips to see our grandchildren. Eleven hours in the car. When we leave, I think about what a long day it will be and wonder how I’ll endure it and then before I know it, we’re there and the trip is behind us.
Life is like that in many ways. Whether we’re waiting for the birth of a child, a wedding date, or retirement, we look at the months and weeks of waiting and wonder how we’ll be able to make it.
It’s even more difficult when the waiting involves treatment for illness, or some other life-altering event that we would rather avoid all together. Many of us suffer with chronic pain or difficult family circumstances that we just can’t change. Our only hope is to know that nothing lasts forever. Eventually we’ll come to the end of whatever it is.
Perhaps the end will be that the happily awaited event has arrived like a birth or wedding. Perhaps the joy will be that we have endured and the worst is over. Or maybe we won’t see the end until we’re standing in God’s presence. Whatever the case, we will arrive at a point where we are thankful that we have made it to the end.
We don’t have to wonder how we made it through. We can be assured that it was because the Father was guiding us and holding onto us all the way. He made the rough roads smooth. He helped us take each step and endure each difficulty along the way.
Thank Him today for His faithfulness. For how He has seen you through in the past and how He will do so in the future. He is ever faithful.
Psalm 30:4-6 Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 31:14-15 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God. My times are in Your hand.”