Today is the last day of October, and that means that it’s the last day of “Blog Every Other Day October”. Thanks so much to all of you who came along for the ride. I enjoyed it. I hope that you did too. October went by so quickly. I can hardly believe that it’s over. And you know what? Remember how I had a list of things that I wanted to blog about? Well, I didn’t even touch half of that list. I got distracted by other things. So there are still things that I want to talk about sometime, but don’t know when it will happen. Possibly not in November. Or December. Um. Well. Sometime there are things that I want to talk about.
Here is the last post of October. I feel that it sums up nicely what God has been teaching me this month. I even included some random pictures that I’ve taken and loved but didn’t know what to do with.
In the past week, I worked my way through the book of Romans. An excellent book that talks about claiming freedom, power, and victory. A book that made my head swim at times.
One verse in particular stood out to me. Oddly enough, I didn’t think about it’s wonderfulness when I read it in the Bible, but when I saw it on Pinterest later. (That’s Pinterest for ya.)
It just was what I needed.
Let your hope make you glad.
Have you ever thought about that before? Let your hope make you glad.
It means not depending on present circumstances to be happy. It means being happy because of something that has not happened yet.
My Bible puts this verse under the heading “Marks of a True Christian”.
It sounds crazy.
But we can pull this crazy thing off because of Jesus. The ability to overlook the present pain or doubt and still feel joyful because we know that beautiful better things are coming. I think that this applies to an “eternal perspective” (enduring pain and struggles on earth because we know that there is eternal life waiting for us). But I think it can also apply to any situation that we might face on earth. Being okay with hurt and work and uncertain circumstances because we know that it’s all for a purpose.
Be patient in time of trouble. Am I the only one whose first instinct is to run from trouble? To fix it as quickly as I can. To avoid, to worry…
We are called to be patient in those awful times. Wait it out. I don’t think that God wants us to completely ignore or disregard issues, or be neglectful of our duties. I think that we need to follow His leading and be attentive to his prompting. But to be patient is to acknowledge that it’s in God’s hands, and to be okay with being there, in trouble, because He’s taking care of it and you.
Never stop praying. It’s for our own good, really, that we are called to pray all the time. We need God, and we need to be reminded that we are not the end of ourselves. There’s infinitely more to us than just humanness.