"Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
~ Proverbs 4: 7b
I have often wondered why some changes can be so challenging. There have only been a few times in my life when I simply felt like I didn't have enough strength to pray on my own behalf. In those times I rely upon my favorite story in Luke of the paralyzed man being lowered through the ceiling, and Jesus telling him that because of the faith of his friends, "take up your mat and walk."
I have been blessed with friends who understand the importance and power of prayer, not to mention, family that has been present, praying, and positive.
One of the things that I have hoped to share with the youth I am working with this week is that each day is a new opportunity. Some days are more challenging than others. That's just part of what life is all about.
But our ability to make it through those days involves more than just flexibility. Sometimes it takes starting over again. Sometimes asking for help. AND, sometimes, there is simply failure. What we gain from all of these experiences helps us to be the living presence of Christ in the world for others.
Oh, don't get me wrong. I still get anxious, worry, even a bit negative at times. It's in these moments when I realize that my need for Christ in my life becomes even greater.
Hoping that what ever may challenge you this day, you remain firmly in the God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, while I know that change is something that I can't avoid in the world today, please help me to find ways to adapt and be flexible when needed, and to stand firm when needed. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.