Posts Tagged ‘adversity’

   

 “I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.” (Psalms‬ ‭102‬:‭6‬ NLT)

In the deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico, Gila Woodpeckers use saguaros—giant, tree-like cacti that may reach 43 ft in height and 10 ft in circumference—for food and shelter. In addition to insects, they eat cactus fruits and berries. Equipped with a thick bill, the Gila Woodpecker plays an important role in maintaining the health of saguaros by removing insects and trimming damaged tissue, which heals the cacti. It thrives where the rest of its woodland cousins cannot. 

In this psalm, the writer is speaking of a desolate and distressed time of life. The imagery of a desert is meant to symbolize pain and loss in this life. And yet, we know that in such a destitute place, there is a thriving life. Where one may call the prickly cactus a horrible and useless plant, someone else calls it Home Sweet Home! The difference is simply perception. 

Does your life seem desolate? Allow God to help shape what you are feeling. You see through the lenses of self’s desires and disappointments, but God sees so much more! Your cactus can become your castle! You are loved today! 

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In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬ NLT)

There is a false notion among many believers that we will be spared of hard times because we are growing as believers. The opposite is actually more truthful. By aligning with Christ, we now make the Demonic our Enemy #1, which makes us there’s as well. Our faith that sustains us, according to the Bible, is the “stench of death” to those choose to not live it. And then, of course, there’s Life, with all of its glorious bruises, flat tires, heartbreakers, and other assorted conundrums.

According to this text, we show our true spiritual strength and character by triumphing over our pain. Christian author Norman Vincent Peale spoke of our ability to arise over pain this way: “The key to surviving adversity is to develop resilience. Resilience is just another word for your rebound, your comeback power, your ability to stand up to adversity and handle it creatively.”

As you come to church today, come ready to find your resiliency. If our troubles paralyze our faith, then our faith will never win. But our allowing Christ to help us take one baby step after another will soon lead us back to a stronger faith and a break from the storm. You are loved today! Hang in there!