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God will make a way even where there seems to be no way.
"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19


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Mach 1, 2018:   

Is trying to do things in my own strength stealing my joy?
#reachout #askforhelp

John 15:5  “I am the vine, ye are the branches…without me ye can do nothing."

Her phone call came on Mother’s Day, and she was crying as she asked, “Mom, can I come home?” She had given her marriage every chance, had forgiven much, and had suffered things I may never know. After six years and four children, she was finished. I didn’t know what to expect when she got there, but I wasn’t prepared for the totally broken and defeated woman she had become.

What had happened to my defiant, strong-willed daughter…the one who was born fighting and didn’t know the meaning of “quit?” Trouble will do that to us, won’t it? And that’s especially true if we’ve been walking a hard wilderness path for a long time. She had no peace, she had no hope, and she had no more strength to fight for her marriage, her kids, or her home.

Healing came, of course, but it took time. In the early days, she “borrowed" strength from her Dad and me to get through each day. Then she began to lean on and draw strength from God and also to find reservoirs of strength in herself she’d forgotten she had. Before school began, she was ready to roll up her sleeves prepared to fight, go back to Alabama, file for divorce, and get the house back for her kids.

Stephen, who at 5 was the oldest of the kids and as opinionated as his Mom, told me he wasn’t going. He was afraid Mom wouldn’t be strong enough to do what needed to be done. I assured him she was stronger now and could handle anything Alabama threw at her. He thought about it for a minute and asked, “What if she loses her ‘stronger’ when we get there?” I told him if that happened, she could come back home long enough to “get her ‘stronger’ back.”

That was a tough summer, and I lost count of the times I told my daughter, “This too shall pass.” I knew then and I still know bad times don’t last forever any more than good times do. It was true for her, and it’s true for you and for me. But it’s also true we can’t handle the toughest times by ourselves. We were never meant to.

Our text verse says Christ is the vine…we are only branches. Branches have no life or strength in themselves; they are dependent on the vine. And just as a vine thrives when it has a trellis to lean on, so do we. The vine gives the nourishment, but the trellis gives support. That trellis of another person is important because we sometimes need arms to hold us and a human voice to assure us “this too shall pass,” and that we’re stronger than we think.

I’m glad I could be a trellis for my daughter while she was “getting her ‘stronger’ back.” And I’m thankful for every person who has been there to support me when I needed it. We need the strength only God can give, and we need other people because none of us are strong enough to walk a wilderness path on our own. Of course, reaching out is a choice, but it’s the only choice specifically designed to give us back our joy.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, leaned on God and reached out to others until we “got our ‘stronger’ back?”


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