I gotta tell you, we have had a tough fall at the Fletchers. So many things have happened that are not tragic, and one of them would not have thrown us off. But the culmination of a whole bunch of things in a row has us feeling pretty discouraged some days. We have to rally ourselves again and again to stay positive and trust God.
While listening to the book of Acts, Chapter 2, in the Message I heard these words:
I saw God before me for all time. Nothing can shake me; he’s right by my side.I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.
I realized at that point that that is the answer as to “how do you do it?” People have asked me that question in multiple situations over the years as our number of children and their number of challenges have grown. The answer is this:
I look for God and see that he is before me for all time. He is what I see ahead and I know that He can handle anything I'm facing. And I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope... and it's staying there, regardless of what kind of darts the enemy may throw may.
When things get dark or dreary at home, work or church, and I start to ask God all kinds of questions about the here and now I remind myself of these things. That he is before me and that there is always hope. The hope that never disappoints…. the hope that is found in Christ.