Oh how good it is to be writing again! I have been so overwhelmed lately. This summer is going to be rough. I started three college courses (2 online and one hybrid), I start another in a few weeks, I’m the co-leader for VBS this summer, plus I have to get my classroom ready and a new Kindergarten program (although I will be teaching K-2) ready for this school year. The thing that has really pushed me over the top is that I have other commitments that I made before I realized I would be teaching this year. For the past couple of weeks, I have been almost paralyzed with all that has been going on, but God has blessed me. Last night, as I was reading in Colossians, he gave me such peace!
Paul, as he says many times, said that he was rejoicing in his suffering. As I read, my mind became flooded with other accounts where Paul mentions suffering. How foolish I have been. I have a big hill to climb this summer, and I have been trying to climb it alone.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This summer will be very difficult, but I am no longer discouraged. God is giving me a chance to trust in Him and to see how great He really is. I will turn to Him. I will depend on Him. I will trust Him to show me how to properly manage my time. I will trust Him to give me the knowledge I need to complete my coursework. I will trust Him to get me through the summer. No, He won’t help me to just survive it, but He will sustain me and help me to come through victorious.
I leave you with this thought from Romans 8:28-30 (emphasis mine):
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.