Persisting in Difficulties
“The promise of God’s presence with us enables us to persist in the face of difficulties.” I borrowed the previous sentence from a Bible study lecture because it’s perfect for our family right now.
I mentioned in an earlier post that our sons are applying to the service academies. Two weeks ago, one found out that he will not receive a medical waver for childhood asthma and, therefore, will not be accepted. After a year of applying—writing essays, taking tests, gathering letters of recommendation, working hard to become a competitive candidate—and ten years of dreaming of attending the Naval Academy, Lane is having to rethink what his year after high school will look like.
I’m proud of how he’s handling his difficulty—profound disappointment. The news shook his world but not his faith. He knows that God has plans for him. He’s deciding on which Plan B to take.
Quinn is still being considered, and as he waits and looks in the mail box every day, he struggles to overcome his difficulty—sorrow for his twin and guilt.
Quinn is hurting for Lane right now, but he’s still holding out hope for a place at West Point.
So we’re holding on to God’s promises that He can do more than we can ask or imagine, that He has plans for a future for us, that He is sovereign and works everything for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
We’re persisting in the face of disappointments and difficulties.