My mom was lost. She’d gone out for a run and had no idea how to get back home. She tried to ask people for help, but was hindered because at the time we were newly moved to South Korea, and she didn’t speak much Hangul and was finding it difficult to find someone who spoke enough English to give her instructions.
She asked person after person until finally, someone flagged down a policeman. Here she was, in her running clothes, in a foreign country, with no one she could really communicate with, in the back of a police car.
But it gets better. She turned out to be only about two blocks from the international school where she worked. She’s been wandering around for such a long time, unable to find her way there… but she was basically there anyway! The police dropped her off and drove away.
Talk about an adventure. That was only one of the other humorous adventures we had living in South Korea. But I was thinking.
Is it possible we’re in the same type of situation? We’re in our darkest moment, and all hope seems lost. King Theoden dies, Aslan dies, the Resistance is thwarted, the aliens are pouring through the portal in the sky. We don’t see an end, all we see is defeat. When you’re the person watching the movie or reading the book, it doesn’t seem that bad, because you know that all turns out well in the end: the Eowyn defeats the Witch-king, Aslan roars, the Resistance continues, the portal is closed.
But in real life, when there’s no end in sight, we want to give up. The thing is… the triumph might be right around the corner! Do you want to be the marathoner who quit with only one mile until the finish line? God will give you enough strength to get through it. Don’t give up hope.
Victory may be right around the corner! When did Eowyn kill the Witch-king? Immediately after Theoden died and the battle was waged. When did Aslan raise from the dead and defeat the White Witch? After his horrible death, after the night of weeping from Susan and Lucy, after so many were turned to stone. Only then did victory come.
Or for the matter think of Jesus. Dead, gruesomely killed on the cross. His disciples locked themselves in an upper room, terrified and heartbroken. Utterly defeated. But then Jesus was raised from the dead, then He spent 40 days with them before returning to Heaven to prepare a place for us.
Think of David, unable to fight for his country, hearing of his best friend’s death, having spent years on the run. Surely he was tired, worn out, and deeply hurting. Yet that was when God raised him up to be king of Israel, allowing him to defeat his enemies and those who attacked his nation.
Think of queen Esther, exiled to live in Persia, then made to be one of the king’s beautiful women in place of Vashti, and then finally made queen… a position I wonder if she even wanted. Imagine finding out that her entire people, including those she loved, were going to be slaughtered by permission of her very own husband, and then the faith and courage and resignation it must have taken to face the king. But then God destroyed Israel’s enemies and blessed them. All was well, and Esther was favored.
Maybe right now you feel like you simply can’t hold on any longer. I know it’s incredibly hard. And I may not even be able to fully understand your individual story and what you are going through. I’m sorry. But here’s what I do know: God won’t give you more than you can handle in Him. He will equip you to fight your battle and to endure your trial.
Just hold on a little longer. You may have years to go in whatever you are facing, it’s true. But you may also have only a little bit left. Don’t give up. Finish strong. Keep on fighting! You can do it. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus -Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. -Romans 8:18 (NIV)
P.S. Happy New Years!