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When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
You’ve probably heard that about as many times as I have. Whatever that means. Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and drag yourself through? Run away from the situation and try again somewhere else?
I’m not a running kind of girl. When challenges arise, my backbone stiffens a bit. But despite that, life has dealt me some blows I didn’t want to face. I didn’t want to go through them. I wanted to give up and quit.
Having small children depending on me at the time kept me from thinking too seriously about the quitting part. But it didn’t change the fact that I didn’t want to go through the tough stuff. I didn’t want to “get going.” Maybe I just wasn’t tough enough.
Another common quote hung around, and I had to decide what to do with it:
“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28
Was that just a pat “Christian” answer? Something easy to say when there’s nothing else to say? “Oh, it’ll be alright. God will work it all out?” Or was there truth to it?
Ultimately I didn’t know what else to do. I buried that verse in my heart (Psalms 119:11) and held on to the hope that somehow everything would work out for good, whatever that might be.
Do you know the amazing thing? He has! He has taken all the broken, hurting pieces and created something beautiful from them!
ALL things. Even the tough stuff…
Work together for GOOD. He has a plan, and He has your best interests in mind. (Jeremiah 29:11)
For those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. That means we have to put our trust in Him. We can’t choose to go our own way and expect Him to work it all out. Instead, we have to trust Him with this life we live.
When you face tough stuff (because, unfortunately, we will), cling to His promises. Even when it doesn’t seem possible, just hang on. Trust Him to walk with you through it. You’re not walking this path alone.