This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. (Rev. 13:10)
I stepped on to the elevator and the doors slowly closed. The ride that would last thirteen flights had begun, and my family looked at me with concern (mixed with smirks) on their faces. I did not move, and when my kids looked like they were going to jump, I gave them a death stare that reminded them that they would be grounded for life. I am terrified of tight spaces, particularly elevators. The feeling of not being able to get myself out of a situation is overwhelming, and though I realize I cannot die from riding on an elevator, it sure does feel like it. I can talk myself into believing that I may be trapped in there forever and that often prevents me from stepping on to one.
In our spiritual lives we experience seasons that mimic my elevator rides on a deeper level. We feel that we are stuck, numb, and overwhelmed, so much so that we dare not even move. Health issues, persecution, children who have left the faith, and so many more dark nights of the soul keep us wondering if trusting God with our lives is even worth it. The author of Revelation reminds us that these times are an opportunity for growth and that no spiritual harm will come to those who have faith in God.
Patiently endure your trials today, trusting that God will keep you.
Heather Mazellan is a student at Wesley Seminary, thankful wife, and joyful mother to three kids.
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