When life hands you an unexpected, difficult, and challenging situation; it calls for a response of strength, faith, and endurance. When we have an expectant circumstance occur in our life, we have the opportunity to prepare emotionally, and spiritually for that occurrence; however the opposite is true of the unforeseen circumstance. We are caught off guard, surprised, and often times not ready, or prepared to handle that situation.
This is the time you must dig deep within yourself, tap into your inner-strength, and draw from the courage which will get you through this hardship. It’s difficult to rely on your own understanding, so you must rely completely on your faith, and trust in God, who will be waiting for you with “loving arms” on the other side of this trial.
Romans 5:3-4 We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
In a six months period, JC and I have attended more memorial services than we care to remember. Starting with my dad on December 26th, my heart aches terribly as I write this. In January, a family friend died unexpectedly at the age of 49 from a blood clot. A young lady who JC had the privilege of mentoring musically at the age of 12 was tragically killed in a car accident this month. Also this month, we attended the services for the son of a member of our church who died unexpectedly while working out at the gym, he was 22. And if that were not enough, just this week JC and I received the news that the niece of dear friends of ours passed away. She was only 33, she was a wife and mother of two.
In times like these, tap into your inner-strength, hold on to your faith, and know that your endurance builds character, and gives hope.
From my heart to your heart,