+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—FIVE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
When Kate gave us our prompt for tonight, I about choked. Number posts are hard. Then, God brought to mind a verse that has flittered on the edges of my thoughts for a couple weeks now. This verse is Romans 5:5.
And, here we go:
There’s been a whole lot of hard going on in life. I feel stretched by the days, by the boys’ schedules, by stresses going on in hubby’s work. I feel worn down at times by the struggles friends are facing.
By the challenges that come at us through others’ choices.
I mentioned in my Tuesday post that a boy in our community chose suicide over life, and my heart grieves for his family. I can’t help but think of his mama, of the final words spoken, the fears she may have had as she watched her son.
Life is hard.
It’s so easy to place our hope in things, in circumstances, in people. And these may help us . . . for awhile.
But sooner or later, we’ll be disappointed, because all of these are less than perfection. They’re less than God.
When we place our hope in God, then we will not be disappointed. This doesn’t mean our circumstances will change. Chances are good they may not.
But when we place our hope in God, our perspective changes. When we trust Him to walk with us through the hard—when we invite him into the struggle—we can walk with a rest in our spirits. Sometimes with peace.
God’s love has been poured out in our hearts. It is overflowing into our beings. He loves every part of who we are with every part of who He is. Knowing we are loved can shift our perspectives in amazing ways.
Knowing we don’t have to perform in a certain way in a trial? That gives peace and freedom to walk through it. To grapple with the hard, and to come out victorious.
When we embrace the truth that God loves us, that His love is all we need? That’s when the overwhelming parts of life can be conquered. Circumstances may appear to win in the short term. But in the picture of eternity? We’ve already overcome.
What about you? When you’ve been overwhelmed, what has helped you overcome? How do you find hope in the hard times?
I’m linking up with Kate at Five Minute Friday—Five
By the way, Susan Shipe has coordinated a great book with a number of Five Minute Friday posts in it. It releases Monday! If you choose to purchase one, all the funds go to support two ministries in South Africa: The Vine School in Cape Town, and The Ten Dollar Tribe. Please consider helping these ministries and being blessed by the words of many wonderful writers!