“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
The “final stretch”, a time where we wrap things up, they come to a close, a chapter is ending and a new one is on the horizon. Looking back at one’s life, one may see the “final stretch” at different times. The “final stretch” is the point where you realize you have just passed through the difficult part, experienced the major challenges of that season in time of your life, you pulled through the thick of it.
I believe I speak for all when I say that each year brings its challenges, and this year was no different. For the Popovich’s, it has been that kind of year. A year where you begin with a thought process and a plan for how things will go in marriage, parenting, homeschooling, finances, health, family, house projects, etc. and challenges rear their ugly heads in ways you didn’t see coming.
Like a tremor before an earthquake, when the challenge first appears, its uneasiness is quickly felt and can knock you off your feet, so to speak. Going through the challenge is no “cake walk”, but as the famous poet, Robert Frost, once said, “the only way out is through.” This is true for the believer because when God brings us to it, it’s because we are ready to go through it. For most, life naturally settles into “comfort zones”, but life is not meant to be lived in comfort zones for the believer. Life is the refining into a better person in and through Him. Refinement is living a “no comfort zone” life, and learning to adapt to the changes and maintain our peace in Him regardless of the chaos in our circumstances. A successful “through” the thick of the challenge strengthens our resolve in Him and brings us hope for the future because He is our hope and our future (Jeremiah 29:11).
The “final stretch” where we look back and see how far we have come; how God met us in our darkness and we were able to see the “Light” at the end of the tunnel. This is the faith and strength we need to push through to the end, to overcome. It is in the overcoming that the old fears and obstacles in the challenge die out, and through the second wind, new paths can begin. We become strengthened and we are able to strengthen and encourage others when they meet their challenge in their season in life.
In the end, we see the “big picture”. We survived. We’re more faith filled. We’re more resilient. We’re wiser. We’re closer to Him. Therefore, His good will has been accomplished and is continuing to be accomplished in us. Although we may experience trials in our season in life, as time goes on, as we meet and push through many “throughs” in life; God takes the good, the bad and the ugly and works it all for our good.
In order to mature in Him, we must endure in Him!
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” ~Walter Elliott
You are loved,