But life ain’t easy!

It appears to me that since we all made the decision to go forward with planting a church, while God has blessed us immeasurably, many of us have come up against some pretty stiff winds.

– I think of a father who is battling prostate cancer
– A child suffering from seizures
– Stomach viruses doing their dirty work
– Houses with unforeseen cracks
– A child suffering from pneumonia
– Vehicles on the fritz

And I am sure that’s probably not the half of it. Or the end of it.

Not that we shouldn’t expect anything less. Jesus and the apostles kept the hard reality of life in the forefront of their minds. That, combined with the truth that we do not battle against flesh and blood, proves anything God orchestrates the Enemy will seek to frustrate.

Pray especially for the Karant family this week. The hits keep coming. As many of the ladies probably heard last night, Heidi has to keep Ava up all night tonight for a sleep test – somehow that doesn’t quite make sense to me, but I’m no doctor!

Suffer me just a bit as I quote from that preeminent theologian, Rocky Balboa, “It ain’t about how hard you hit; Nuttin’ hits harder than life,” the Italian Stallion surmises, “It’s about how much you can take and keep movin’ forward.” (If you say it with a hard Philly accent, it works much better.)

The real theologians call that the perseverance of the saints. Peter challenges me, “Brothers, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ sufferings, that you may rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. “

Just think, if we in our small cadre face such a bounty of issues, imagine what our neighbors and our community experiences without the benefit of praying friends.

I read Oswald Chambers this morning:

“The battle is not against sin or difficulties or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in work that we are not ready to face Jesus Christ at every turn.”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1993, c1935), March 29.

As we persevere through the hits, as we stand firm against a stiff wind, let’s keep our eyes up and out. God desires our devotion and people need our attention. If you know of someone in the church who is struggling, give them a ring, bring them a dinner…and if they’re not in our church, do the same thing – they’ll be surprised you noticed.

In Him,
Brian