+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—OVERCOME. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. We write for five minutes on a given word. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out the Five Minute Friday website. 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!
God never promised this life would be easy. We all face trials. They can refine us, renew us. They often show us how much we need Jesus.
I have this nasty habit of trying to get through trials in my own strength. I plow through the days, trying to break down the barriers, and get back to my version of normal.
The thing is, God doesn’t allow trials into our lives so that we can navigate them in our own strength. Sure, there are times when we can handle them. And be done with them.
But, how many times have we faced that trial that’s as high as a mountain and as intimidating as a grizzly bear breathing down our backs?
God wants us to walk through those seasons of life with Him. Not in front of or behind Him. He wants us to let Him help us.
When those hard times show up in our lives—and we all face them—He wants us to overcome. The only way we can, though, is by acknowledging how desperately we need God’s help. Our God is greater than anything we’ll face in our lives.
But, if we face those hard times alone, in our own “strength?” We’ll be mown over, sooner or later.
God sometimes waits for us to invite Him into the hard. Sometimes, He withholds the overcoming until we’ve endured the fire that removes dross so we reflect Him more clearly.
And this almost always comes through having the humility to ask God to walk alongside us. To ask Him to be our barrier-breaker. To be the One who gives us strength.
Sometimes, God’s just waiting for us to acknowledge we can’t do “it,” whatever “it” is on our own. Whether it’s pursuing a calling, working toward a dream . . .
Whether it’s facing a scary diagnosis, a job loss, the death of a loved one . . .
He wants to see us victorious, and He wants us to trust Him to walk with us on the journey.
Whatever we are facing, we will overcome with God’s help.
I love Joshua 1:9—
He commands us to be strong and courageous. He tells us not to be afraid or discouraged, but there’s only one reason we can own and live out this command . . . and it’s because He is with us wherever we go.
What about you? When have you sensed God’s presence with you in a trial? When have you seen Him overcome a situation in your life?
I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday—Overcome