There are days when it is infinitely easier to take life at its face value. We all know those days, those moments. We say to ourselves, today just sucked.
We latch ourselves onto a belief system that we can influence our daily lives to be better. So, we try. We pour ourselves into self-help books, listen to the latest podcast, we seek wisdom in TED talks, we ask advice from mom, we give every ounce of strength, we weep, we pray. Life sometimes gets better. Life is a cyclical adversary at best, so often we find ourselves continually fighting the same fights. Wishing the same wishes. Hoping the same hopes. We dream of a day of no tribulation.
Life can and will often get better if given the right time and circumstance. Moments of joy and happiness can flood the space, forcing your past calamities to hide in their wake. But life is a cyclical adversary.
So, when the tension is mounted, when life is taunting you with a crooked stare; do you turn yourself to face it? Do you rise against the heat of the flame, only to come out blistered yet refined?
Do you have the right hope? Can you see past today into what tomorrow can be?
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. – Habakkuk 3:17 – 3:19 ESV