How Much Longer?
The other day, my husband and I were at a red light at an intersection. I noticed the lady in the car next to us was waving at me. I rolled down my window and in broken english she asked "how do I get to 78?" Normally, I am horrible at directions, but this time I was confident in my reply. I told her to go a few more miles on this road and she would see the signs for 78, and an exit on her right. She thanked me and rolled up her window as the light turned green and we both were on our way.
As we were nearing our road that was a bit before the signs for 78, she started to slow down. When we turned, I couldn't help but say aloud "keep going, you're almost there!" And then it occurred to me, how many times do we doubt the path we are on? We wonder if we are close to the end of the suffering or close to a victory. How much more must we endure, how many more prayers do we need to pray, or how many times will we beg God for an answer?
We often say, "If God would just show me a little bit about where I am supposed to be - let me see a glimpse of His plan", but that's not how He works. The driver couldn't see ahead to know that her victory to make it to her destination was literally seconds away. With no map to go by, she had to trust that what I told her was the truth.
The same goes for us while we go through life and encounter good and bad times. We can't see God and his incredible army of angels protecting and guiding us along. But we have His word to trust for direction and hope.
Are you right in the middle of a hardship or struggle right now? Are you wondering if you are doing this mom-thing the right way or do you need to make an important financial decision? You could be trying to figure out what is best for your family, dealing with sickness, or maybe a hard time in your marriage. Whatever it is, God's word is here to give you hope, direction, guidance and keep you going on the right road.
In Romans 5:3-4 we read about peace and hope as it says " Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."
So mama, here's your reminder to persevere today because of the hope God gives us. Know that He is cheering us on our journey through the valleys and victories.
Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying (Romans 12:12)