When the going gets tough, they say that the tough get going. I don’t understand what that means. Don’t they mean the weak gets going while the tough stays and fights?
What do you do when something doesn’t just break: it is crushed, ground down, and burnt up?
Fight. Fight through emotions – unsolicited emotions – spawned by situations we never asked for and for which we are not prepared.
What do you do when you feel desperately out of control? Cling. Cling to the God who can make beauty out of blacked-out, burnt up splinters.
When we look down at the situation before us, and see smoldering embers marking our skin with its charcoal dust, we need to look UP – UP to the God who saves, heals, frees, and LOVES.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.”