When you make it to the other side and wonder how you got there. That is what sticking with it looks like. Sticking with it is sometimes all you have to offer. There are seasons in life where your presence and attention may be all you have left and that is good. I think I have recently went through one of these seasons. I'm not sure if I am out of it yet but, a friend asked me recently what do I do to "restore"? I really was stumped at the question at first but then I said " oh I blog" and as I said that I realized that I hadn't blogged since October. I realized that for the past six months I had just been "sticking with it" in life. I began to realize that although the season had been beneficial and had some great fruit, that for the most part I had been functioning at the end of my rope. As I thought more about our conversation I began to realize that I have learned a few things through the "sticking with it" season. I wanted to share with you what I have learned.
1. God never leaves
Now, don't get me wrong, if you don't know God through His son Jesus then you don't have the presence of God with you and their are only a few promises of God that apply to you and most of those hinge on your submitting your life to the Lordship of Christ. I learned though that even though a lot of people around me were in stages of transition and even though me and Melissa were 9-10 hours away from family that God never left us. I learned that 2 Timothy 2:13 is a promise for seasons like this when you don't feel too faithful. When you time spent seeking the Father is reduced because you afraid to face some of the realities of life with Christ, it is nice to know that he is faithful when we are unfaithful. I can truly say that even in the hardest times of the past six months that God never left.
2. I've got an awesome wife
I just want to brag on her and how awesome my wife has been. She has been nothing but consistent, strong, and there for me in these past 6 months. I have told her quite a few times that even when all else fails, I've got God and I've got her. I can heartily agree with Solomon in Proverbs 19 when he says that a prudent wife is from the Lord. She truly is a gift from God.
3. It is worth it
I'd be lying here if I told you that everyday I woke up and thought "man this is worth all this suffering". It doesn't seem like it at all in the hard times. I had to rely on the truth that Paul communicated in Romans 8:18 that the sufferings of this present time weren't worth comparing to the the Glory that is to be revealed to us. I know that in heaven that the Glory we will see will far out weigh the sufferings in this present life. I also now that I've made it to what seems like the tail end of this season, that there is a lot of Glory on this earth in seeing God's kingdom grow. Seeing men and women here at SHSU grow in their in faith is more than worth anything that happened these past six months. Seeing young believers leading their friends to Christ is worth many long nights and early mornings. Seeing young believers digging into God's word and bringing it to meetings to learn more is worth not getting to do activities that "restore" me. I could go on and on about how awesome this season has been. I hope that these points will help you stick with it in the hard seasons of life.