“I’m just going through a difficult time right now,” she admitted after making herself comfortable in my office. She proceeded to share the circumstances that turned her life upside down and sideways, before looking to me to provide some answers, some hope.

I could relate on many fronts. Not necessarily the specifics of her situation, but the constant onslaught of one difficulty after another. Just thinking through the challenges I’d navigated over the last few days was enough to make my head spin: mechanical failure on my plane, my ride’s car broke down several hours from our destination, the most turbulent flight I had ever taken in my life, one of my staff became ill and called in sick on a Monday morning, another friend’s son died unexpectedly…

With the exception of the friend’s son dying, those things paled in comparison to the challenges we’d navigated in the past year, not the least of which was cancer. Yet, whether our challenges are minor inconveniences or cataclysmic explosions, I’ve gained a little perspective.

An encouraging word for difficult times

Are you going through a difficult time right now?

Will you allow me just a moment to give you an encouraging word?

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2)

Do you see what that says?

When you pass THROUGH the waters, THROUGH the rivers, THROUGH the fire.

This is not your destination. It’s just part of your journey.

God will go with you

You are to go THROUGH to the other side. And you don’t go alone. God promises that during each crisis you must go THROUGH, He will be with you. With His hand of protection, the rivers won’t overflow you, and the fires won’t burn you, and the flame won’t scorch you. HE is your protection.

Don’t stop.

Don’t give up.

Keep your eyes on Him, as you make your way THROUGH whatever difficulty you are currently enduring. You are not alone. Trust Him.

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

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