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                                                                  Struggle

 

I am so thankful that Lance Jarratt and his crew put in a new parking lot for us.  When it begins to rain (notice, I did not say “if!”) it sure will be nice to not walk in the mud.  The parking lot is hard, level and adds so much to our campus.

 

The other day, I was taking trash from the FORT to the dumpster, and right there in the middle of the new parking lot, a plant of some sort is springing up. I have seen this before and it never ceases to amaze me when I do see it happening.  How does it do that?  I saw Lance’s crew scrape the field, then lay down a base, put hot oil on top of that and then install a finishing layer on top of that.  And if that were not enough, the crew used heavy rollers to go back and forth to compress everything together. I am here to tell you that the parking lot is as solid and hard as rock.  Yet, right there in the middle of it, there is this plant pushing through…..Struggling to have life.  Hmmm…. Struggling to have life. 

 

Paul gave instructions to the Church in Philippi about how when we go through struggles, we should continue to let our faith in Christ shine.  We read in Philippians 2:27-30  “Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord, contending together for the faith of the gospel, not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your salvation—and this is from God.  For it has been granted to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are engaged in the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I have.”  Just like that plant in the parking lot is contending with all the gravel, oil, being pressed down with cars and trucks driving over it, we see it is pushing through to have life. You too will suffer and struggle in this life. Jesus did, Paul did, Timothy did and so will you.  Stand firm, push through, and know your Salvation is from God and that one day, you too will push through this life, and stand in His glory.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Paul

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