But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands. (2 Cor. 11:33)
The past couple years have held many unforeseen challenges for our family. Early on was a tragic earthquake that claimed the lives of fourteen people within a three-quarter-mile distance from our house, while leaving many homeless. We felt fortunate to have come out unscathed and able to offer hope to hurting people, but the ongoing aftershocks and uncertainty were troubling to say the least.
Then, COVID-19 entered the scene, accompanied by strict regulations that complicated life and ministry. Once again, we were grateful that we—along with the believers in our church—came out of the initial situation unharmed. However, our new normal was different and difficult.
Following that, I faced personal hardship as my health deteriorated. I endured intense pain from dental issues and nearly needed a blood transfusion due to other health problems. I felt surrounded on all sides, and only by the grace of God do I feel I have emerged from those circumstances alive and healthy.
In an even more dramatic way, the entire city of the Damascenes was guarded to arrest Paul. Paul was surrounded by danger, but God was with his holy servant and provided a way out. Like Paul, we will likely find ourselves going through difficult times in life, but what a comfort it is to know that Christ’s help and strength mean salvation is at hand!
When faced with difficult circumstances, rely on the Lord’s strength.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.