I clutched the hose of the gas pump while my teeth chattered. And wondered if I looked like a Popsicle. High wind warnings had been issued, accompanied by arctic chill. Frigid enough to make a polar bear giggle.
Any other time I would huddle in the car because I'm a wuss, but had decided to tough it out. Intent on passage of the longest 60 seconds of my life, I found myself fascinated with a seagull.
Maybe my brain had frozen.
He appeared determined and stayed focused, even though the net result was nil. The proverbial 'one step forward, two steps back' theory with tedious progress. Yet he persevered.
As I got back into my toasty car, I let out a cheer of encouragement. And earned strange looks from other customers. I shrugged and putted on my way, thoughts of the seagull along for the ride.
Did he get annoyed when the wind deterred him from his mission? I would be.
I tend to get frustrated when things don't go my way. I whine, cry, and carry on. Then rant and ruminate, get depressed, and often fold up in failure. The end result? A puddle of defeat and wasted energy.
Do I give up too easily? Or persevere in the face of adversity, trials, and the normal annoyances of life? Not enough, I’m sure.
Things (i.e. the enemy) come against us in an attempt to knock us off our square. Whether we allow it or not is up to us.
1st Peter 5.8 warns: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."
I need to stay vigilant instead of fearful and fainthearted. Strong and courageous in the face of adversity. And if I lose the battle, get up and move forward—there’s still a war to fight.
But I don't have to do it alone. God's here to help me, even when life spirals into a nosedive. I need to focus on him and tap into the help he offers. And even if I get pushed down or sidetracked, the wind beneath my wings will lift me up.
And then I can soar.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary. (NLT)
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