Today I remember that God invites us to persevere–to stay under the weight of difficult things–by providing His Holy Spirit as our strength. If we’re in a season of persevering, certain rituals matter deeply. We stay in God’s word; we ask for the Holy Spirit to control and direct our lives; we die to self; we keep our minds on things above; we nourish our bodies with good food and exercise to stay healthy; we sleep; and we gather with loved ones who don’t mind the weather in our particular season of life.
God isn’t making a mistake or ignoring you. He’s inviting you to persevere. And remember this beautiful promise:
Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1:4
Soon, you’ll feel begin to feel differently; you’ll find you’re further down the trail: more mature, more complete, almost not lacking anything.