30/30: 10″Snow. Frustration. Determination.

17 12 2007

snow-day.jpgDetroit was hit with a huge blizzard Saturday Night and we awoke to a blanket of 10 inches of snow. Although many churches decided to close, Epic still met to worship Jesus Christ. The always inspiring Ray and Laura hauled the Epic trailer to Hart stopping along to pick up donuts. It really was good to gather and worship God, despite the weather. Everyone that gathered on Sunday came with a sense of determination to come together as the body of Christ regardless of what the world threw at us. It actually brought a sense of satisfaction to plow forward despite the weather.

Driving to church going 25 miles and hour as I bottomed out the axle of my Mystique in the snow, I kept thinking this is really a picture of life. Every one of us faces frustrations every single day. We wake up to situations that irritate us and circumstances that are outside our control. Sometimes the struggles come as midday flurries of interruptions and inconveniences. And the holidays are full of them…stress, busyness, bills, expectations, in laws and family tension. In the middle of those moments each day, God gives us two choices:

1. You can live under the circumstances and let what is happening around you dictate what you are going to do and how you are going to feel that day.

2. You can live on top of the circumstances and face each day determined to do what God has called you do regardless of what frustrations the world may throw at you.

Paul said it this way, “This small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. So we fix our attention, not on the things that are seen, but on the things that are unseen. What is seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

When you are faced with a frustration today, may you use that moment as an opportunity to refocus on Christ and refuel with His determination to keep pressing forward.

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