I saw a vision of a man trying to put his fence up by himself, clearly struggling. There were people walking by on the sidewalk who saw his struggle and kept on walking. Then there was one man who didn’t ask if he needed help, but just jumped right in to help him finish lifting the fence into the ground. This man saw a need and filled it. He didn’t have to think twice, he didn’t continue on his stroll. This man saw another man struggling and did his best to lend a helping hand. How often do we struggle, whether physically or spiritually, and would just like to have someone’s help? Nobody wants to struggle on their own. Sometimes we need that one helping hand to help us get through whatever it is that we’re going through. That helping hand might be a mentor, counselor, mom or dad, loyal best friend, or even a stranger. There have been stories I’ve heard where complete strangers have made someone’s day. One story was about a man opening a door for a teenage girl out of courtesy, which, in turn, saved her life.
We are human, so when we go through difficult things, we look to people to “lend a helping hand”. Most of us do, at least. There are those who keep it all to themselves, and nobody ever knows what they’re going through. What do you do in the midst of a struggle? Do you try to take it into your own hands like, “I can fix this, I don’t need help”, or “I created this problem, I can get myself out”, or perhaps rather, you seek help. “I can’t do this by myself, please help me”, or “Here’s what I’m going through, can you keep me accountable in these areas?”. I challenge you all to challenge yourself, and really reflect on how you should react when you are facing hard times.
In Romans 5:3-5 it says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
We have all read or heard of this verse at one time or another, right? This verse is one of my favorites! It’s so amazing to think that if we rejoice through the pain and suffering, we are promised that the fruit of that humility is endurance, character, and hope! It sure does take a lot of humility to rejoice through a trial. How do we even do that? If someone is witnessing a loved one dying, how do you have joy through that? How can God expect us to rejoice?? These are common questions that perhaps just don’t make sense. But I can tell you, that if you can bring yourself to a place of putting your hands in the air and letting God help you through, praising God that no matter what happens, He is greater, and His plan is better, then you will be so blessed, and you will be amazed at what God can and will do. It’s so easy to blame God in the midst of a struggle. More often than not, we are looking for someoneto blame. Our faith can really become tested when we walk through the hard times. God will grant you the ability to endure through, you will grow tremendously as a person, and you will receive hope if you only remain steadfast and rejoice and trust through the tough situations, whether they are big or small. They all matter in His eyes. Just remember that you are never forgotten or forsaken. You are always remembered and found. Some people don’t believe this, but I believe that there is a purpose for everything, and that in the end it is very rewarding, if we stay true to Romans 5:3-5.