My husband and I occasionally like to take to the bike trails. We enjoy coasting along, drinking in the beauty of the trees and undergrowth lining the trail. The first couple of miles are smooth sailing, with the wind at our backs and nothing but nature and each other’s company to enjoy.
But when the hills come, each downhill slant meets with a challenging uphill grind. An occasional break helps rejuvenate me and eases the tightness in my calves. But the farther we travel, the more rubbery my legs become.
Then comes the trip back. It’s then I discover just how lacking in physical ability I am as the tailwind that had propelled us forward becomes a headwind that turns on us like a summer storm. I grow to dread each downhill sign, knowing an uphill one is soon to follow. At times, I wonder if I’ll have the strength to make it, but little by little, I trudge along…while my patient husband encourages me and waits for me to catch up!
A PICTURE OF LIFE
What a picture of life. When life is good, we coast along thinking we’ve got things under control. We fool ourselves into thinking we can do this…all on our own. But then come the challenges, those grueling uphill hardships–health problems, financial worries, relational problems–and we wonder how we’re going to make it.
But our Savior is ever there, waiting patiently for us to call out to Him for help, reassurance and guidance. Our hope, our very existence, is in Him. Without Him we flounder and fail. But even then, He’s there, ready to pick us up and set us back on our feet. In the tough times, it’s His strength that will carry us through. All we need do is call out to Him.
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
**What challenge do you need to entrust to the Savior today? What gives you courage to go on?
Inspirational Historical Romance set during the Civil War era