Lately, I’ve been marveling at how the past seven weeks has mirrored the past eighteen months.
On one hand, it’s been the worst of times; on the other, it’s been the “first” of times…
…with every day an exhausting, sometimes unprecedented mix of trial and turbulence.
However, as I’ve continued to study 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, I’ve been captivated by a certain truth, a keen illumination as once eloquently captured by Joe Novenson:
Mmm…just let that sink in a little.
The feel of faith…a dependent weakness. What a remarkable association. And apologies in case you heard that noise in the background.
That was just a mic drop echoing deep within the bowels of my soul.
For as many of you know, this Jubilee journey has been the epitome of humbling. In all sincerity, words can only go so far as the joyride (Jubilee’s name compels me to call it as such) has left me mesmerized wrestling with the scale of God’s sovereign strength amidst the chaos.
Still, the more Lys and I have endured and persevered, the more we’ve been able to taste God’s providence and assurance. To the extent we’ve anchored our trust, to that extent we’ve been able to mutually rely on God in unison, even harmony.
Again, it’s a unique paradox but one I’m discovering and profoundly grateful for.
‘Cause the way I see it: The specific season we’re in, from Jubilee to Covid caution, is more than one we’re suppose to ‘get through’…but one we’re meant to bear through.
The question is: In our various conflict resolutions and troubleshootings, what are we bearing (or forbearing) along the way?
While I’m still seeking God for solutions, what I can say is sometimes all we can do is stay the course and know God will set our paths straight. Especially in a time when many are forcing restarts, from marriage and relationships to work and church life, we can be prone to manufacturate tranquility. Why we’d rather rush to refresh and blank our slates as opposed to conquering with confidence? Honestly, your guess is as good as mine.
Yet, as I continue to struggle amidst the unrest, I will gladly embrace a holy dependence that isn’t withdrawn like the trends around me. What I’m learning in my walk with God, with Lys, even at Foundation Group, is the sweet reminder the greatest victories are shared and beared. As much as we want to thrive, as much as we crave a new chapter, we can’t possibly ‘get there’ without partnering in weakness with what and whom God has already established.
My charge to you, dear ones, is two-fold:
- Keep heart, take heart…but don’t lose heart
- You can struggle and live abundantly at the same time.
Don’t disengage what your challenges are tied to; rather engage the reason you’ve been entrusted to overcome them. Sure, it may take some time. Perhaps a year or two or ten. But together, we will ‘get there’.
‘Til then, don’t sign off yet. At least until God says it’s time.