Strength For The Journey

imagesLife is a journey.

“Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5

It takes a lot of strength to travel this journey of life. Setting my heart on pilgrimage implies a certain kind of determination, a kind of confidence that I can’t possibly produce on my own.

How easy it is to lose heart when the journey becomes difficult…

My loss of hearing has degenerated to the point that I wonder what in the world God’s purpose is for me in this season of life. I don’t have the hearing capacity to compensate for the loss of sight in my left eye. I have to let God be my Guide. Happy am I when I let God lead me…

How easy it is to lose heart when the journey becomes uncertain…

My present lack of ministry and lack of job have left me wondering what in the world God’s plans are for me in this season of my life. I have to let God cast the Vision. Change is hard and not always comfortable, but sometimes change is good. Happy am I when I let God inspire me…

“As they pass through the Valley of Baca (Tears), they make it a source of spring water; even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings,” Psalm 84:6

How easy it is to lose heart when the journey becomes painful…

My tears have left me wondering what in the world God’s desires are for me in this season of my life. God’s not afraid of my tears, though. He’s not disgusted by them. He’s not insensitive to them. I have to let God be my Comforter. Happy am I when I’m honest with Him about what I’m feeling in my heart…

“They go from strength to strength…” Psalm 84:7a

Yes, life is a journey. I go from season to season, crisis to crisis, change to change, valley to valley…Strength. To. Strength.

Happy am I when I let God strengthen me…

and with every stop along this pilgrim’s way I find my strength restored, my heart revived, my faith renewed. My road is difficult but not impassable. My journey is long but not impossible. My pilgrimage on this earth has a happy ending. It leads to heaven.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

My strength is not my own. It’s His. And it’s enough.

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