It wears you down, erodes your strength and undercuts your faith.
It's so very exhausting.
How do you renew yourself, to keep on when the days seem to darken around you?
I think the only way is a close focus.\
It's like running a marathon; if you think of the whole 26 miles, you'll never make it. But cut that down into smaller parts..."I can at least get there"...and you've got a chance.
We so often ask the Almighty for the strength to overcome our obstacles, but sometimes perhaps we need to start small.
Like asking for the strength to get out of bed in the morning.
Asking for the strength to smile when we want to cry.
And asking for the strength to hold on in faith for a single second longer.
It's the renewal the world needed, two thousand years ago. That chance to hold on in faith, one more time, before everything imploded into fanaticism and tyranny, a whirlpool of hate that would take everything good into Hell.
Renewal, to us in our hard days, comes as a whisper.
To the world, it came as a baby.
Music from Andrew Peterson, with You'll Find Your Way.