A life is a story.
We move through phases as we grow. At the moment Aiden, our youngest son, is obsessed with touching his nose with his tongue. He calls it his talent and shows as may people as possible. Carter had some dental work done on Wednesday and, while his mouth was numb, bit his cheek. He spent all day in pain and refusing to take medicine.
Today ranks up there as one of those Saturdays, as parents, you wish would end. Even when a season of your life is challenging, it will keep moving.
We spend our time shooting for moving targets, yearning for peace. We grasp at fleeting glimpses of paradise and when we feel secure we can be at our most vulnerable.
I had dinner with a friend of mine on Thursday, a man at the head of a local outreach organization for almost thirty years. Two years ago the county government cut their funding abruptly. I asked him if he ever doubted his purpose. He said, only since the funding was cut. For decades he had security. Now he’s decided to dig in and fight to exist, to keep the dream alive.
He has a reason to hope.
I’m in the midst of reading The Comeback by Louis Giglio. Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta and the founder of the Passion conferences that draw thousands of college students internationally. In a chapter I read this week he says:
But no matter the pain we’re going through or the distance we’ve traveled away from God, Jesus is always there for us. He doesn’t stop healing us. He never stops forgiving us. He won’t stop restoring us. He refuses to stop loving us.
Those five sentences are life changing. No matter what is happening, God is still working in your life, still healing, still forgiving. You are still being restored and loved.
Every struggle. Every failure. Every time I’ve taken three steps back after two forward. Jesus is there. The process is never-ending. Even in the darkest pit, we are being restored and healed. Even in our hottest desert, we are loved.
Tomorrow, if you need a reason to worship and turn your heart to God, remember this. You are a work in progress and, no matter where you are or how you feel, the work never stops and the greatest craftsman in the universe will never walk away.