Don’t Give Up

 
 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (MSG)

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
 

During my fight against cancer, I had a meltdown.

I was simply trying to get the leaves out of our pool; something I’ve done often for many years. However, during my treatment, the smallest tasks seemed terrible challenges. I had to stop and “rest” every time I pulled a group of leaves out of the pool. After doing this a few times, I just leaned on the pole I’d used and cried, and cried, and cried! I was so over being tired, fatigued, achey, nauseated, and emotionally overwhelmed.

 

Jeff comforted me and reminded me that this trial wouldn’t last forever – I was almost to the finish line. He was right. I needed that gentle reminder.

 

It’s okay to have these meltdowns or moments of utter frustration. It’s normal. But we can’t stay there. God’s Word reminded me in the verse above that our afflictions, sufferings, trials are temporary.

 

When we know we’re close to finishing something, we just want it to be over, don’t we?  Whether we’re finishing a project at work or school, struggling through a tough season in a relationship or fighting a fierce battle with illness…we just want it over!

 

Today, I want to encourage you: don’t lose hope. If you feel you’re at the end of your rope, tie another knot and hang on! God is at work. Trust Him. Set your eyes on Him, not your situation or circumstances.

 

In Ephesians, Paul wrote from his prison cell to remind us that we can come to God in freedom and without fear because of our faith in Christ (Ephesians 3:11-12). He tells us that God can do much when His power is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20-21).. Remember, God is refining us to show forth His glory.

 

So if you need to have that meltdown, go ahead. Just promise me you won’t stay there. Let the Lord lavish His grace and love on you. Grab ahold of His promises and head toward the finish line.

 

You’re almost there. When you’ve come through whatever it is you’re going through, you’ll look back and be glad you didn’t quit.