Today, my students were reading a story about a man who found himself in a fishing boat that was sinking. The termites had quickly begun eating the wood of the boat, compromising the hull. Instead of immediately trying to find a solution to the problem at hand, he began to panic. In fact, his first remark was, “We’re not going to make it.” Eventually, he made an attempt to fix the gaping hole in the hull of the boat, and they made it safely to the shore. By overcoming his fears, he managed to emerge victorious.
While this is simply a children’s story, I feel that it applies to our everyday lives as well. So often we find ourselves in difficult situations, uncertain of what we should do. We become frustrated and our ability to think clearly fades significantly. Many times, our first inclination is to give up. That is the easy way out. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With Christ on our side, we don’t have to admit defeat. Instead, we can confidently declare, “We’re gonna make it!”
How many times this week have you said, “I can’t?” If you’re like me, I’m sure these two infamous words have graced your lips at least once. As humans, we are imperfect. We struggle and sometimes we fail. But even when we face difficult times, we can rest assured that everything will be alright. Romans 8:28 tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Bear in mind that this does not mean that everything will be good. Instead, it means that everything we do will work together for our good. God will never leave us hanging. If we trust Him, He will ensure that our lives fit perfectly into His perfect will and His plan for our lives.
What struggles are you going through at this very moment in your life? Are you trying desperately to lose weight? Is it becoming more and more difficult to pay your bills each month? Do you worry daily about someone in your family who is going through a physical or emotional battle? I want to encourage you right now wherever you are. God has not forgotten you. He knows exactly what mountain you may be facing or what river you may be crossing. Look around. He is standing right next to you. He will never let you fall. He will help you remove all doubt. Hold on to His hand and never, ever let go.
This world is ever-changing. The news is full of sad, heart-wrenching stories of people around the world who are hurting, starving, or ailing. There are those who are scared or depressed. And some of them simply want to throw in the towel. But even through the wars, famines, and destruction, we have a Hope that reaches beyond the most hopeless situations. God’s hand is upon you and me. He will be our Shelter from the storm. He will catch us when we fall. He will keep our ship afloat. And no matter what comes our way, we can boldly proclaim, “We’re gonna make it!”
In Christ’s Love,