Face Forward, Faith Forward

27 Aug

When life throws a curve ball, how in the world can the batter hit it out of the park? During a difficult season, from where does the strength to carry on emerge? After a loss or a disappointment or a difficult time, don’t you just feel like retreating?

On a less serious note, I have seen t-shirts and posters that read “I don’t want to adult today.” Notice it does not say “be an adult,” it just reads with the word adult used as a verb. It’s kind of funny. The statement suggests this: I don’t want the responsibility, I don’t want to do anything that is not my agenda, I want to do what I feel like doing rather than what someone else wants me to do. To be even funnier, I saw one poster that read, “I don’t want to adult today, I want to DOG today–I plan to lie in the sun and have you pet me and bring me snacks.” It’s another image of wanting to do what you want to rather than what someone else wants.

In all seriousness, when disappointments come in rapid succession, when sadness looms large and feelings of hopelessness are present , where shall we turn in order to face forward and keep on keeping on?

The scriptures give us hope. The Bible shares with us a faith that may seem deeper and more inspiring than what we can muster ourselves. Going it alone is tough. Going with God is key. God never intended for us to be alone. One of God’s greatest desires is to be called upon by us in good times and bad. In good times we praise God and in bad times God blesses us–with people, perspective and comfort if we are open to it.

Psalm 121 1

“I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.”

May it be so.

Quotes about Faith in hard times (14 quotes)

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