As I write this, I’m in the middle of a year full of heart-thumping disappointments—the kind where you shake your head and say, What just happened? I’m no stranger to being let down by people. It’s just part of life . . . right? And I know the value of putting on your big-girl pants and walking through hard circumstances. Life can be more challenging than we bargained for. This is the reality we all face, we all navigate, and hopefully, we all learn from.

But every once in a while, something or someone pierces those deeper places in your heart and it’s hard to reconcile. You just didn’t see it coming. Life was going along just fine until it wasn’t, and you’re left gasping at the truth of what just happened because it seems so impossible. And rather than rise up and fight . . . you want to quit.

That’s where I’ve been over the past six months. Finding my footing and catching my breath in this season has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Because it wasn’t just one thing—it was several painful events that collided. I’ve watched a dream die, a friendship crumble, and someone prosper greatly off my work. Being overwhelmed by grief, I have tried to hold on to hope with everything in me, but my heart has been weary.

Maybe you are here, too. Chances are life in your corner of the world is big and hard and discouraging, and you are gasping for air as well. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of curveballs these days. Hurtful words, painful breakups, scary diagnoses, empty bank accounts, mind-numbing injustices, oppressive relationships, and unmet needs knock us down. Maybe most of the time you get right back up . . .. That’s usually me, too. But every once in a while, the situation feels heavier and we can’t find our footing. And we question God—Where are You? Why did You allow this? Why didn’t You save me? Why aren’t You fixing it?

Those are fair questions to ask. God can handle every one of them, and He loves authentic conversations full of raw honesty. He knows life is hard. And because God loves us so much, He invites you and me to ask Him anything at any time . . .

Here is the problem. Too many of us are giving up the fight because the battle is long and messy. Rather than digging in our heels and refusing to quit, we give in because it just feels better. But friend, this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we find out if we’re just playing faith or if we believe God is who He says He is. This is where we have the opportunity to walk in uncommon perseverance.

From Un-Common: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose. Copyright © 2017 by Carey Scott. Used by permission of Barbour Publishing. All rights reserved.

 

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