What a great message we were lucky enough to hear this morning at church!! Our pastor started a new series called “Life. Money. Hope. Biblical Advice in Difficult Times”. This message was called “When Times are Tough”, and clearly, it was a message that could be applied to almost anyone’s life these days. We are very lucky that we haven’t faced the pain and uncertainty of job layoffs or home foreclosures, but our adoption journey has been tough–to say the least. And this past week was probably the worst week we’ve had yet.
When we got a piece of news on Monday that was devastating to us, I sat with tears streaming down my face. I cried for the new uncertainty this news brought and for the major change of plans I was about to have to face. But even as the tears fell, I knew, without a doubt, that this was part of our journey. Everything is going to be okay, and we will eventually end up where we are supposed to be. I am actually surprised at the peace I have about things–my real anxiety is that my PLAN has gone awry and God hasn’t clearly shown us our new plan yet…..can you say Type A?
Anyway….back to the message from today. There was a Bible verse in our message notes that clearly speaks what we have been feeling this past week. Check it out:
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
My wish is that no matter what you’re going through right now, you are not crushed, despairing, or destroyed, because you know that you are not now and will never be abandoned by God.