Romans 5:1-5 NRSV
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
As I write this, I sit in yet another doctor’s office. My health, though not bad, has been plagued in the last year by illness and injury. At times I am frustrated and other times angry. The fact the Olympics, the world showcase of strength and athletic ability, are on television while I wait just makes me feel worse.
It was not promised to us to have an easy road, but life's experiences can motivate us positively or negatively.
Once my ankle is healed, I could continue to sit in my recliner and say "woe is me" or I can get up. That choice is clearly mine.
The same is true for our faith. We can yell at God and say, "Why me?" Or we can say, "Let's go!" The key is not letting circumstances define God or us and it draws us closer and closer to God and God's purposes.
Because no matter what, "hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."
So keep going. God might make something beautiful out of your mess.
Rev. Micah James, Associate Minister
Posted on Fri, August 12, 2016
by Heather Portillo