Your Spiritual Journey
I’ve been playing a story building game with two groups of students. These games have included various game sessions over the span of the last year. Throughout the course of the year both groups have worked through various hardships and triumphs, all leading up to a final battle. We concluded both games over the last few weeks, with both groups coming out triumphant in their respective fights with the big bad dragons. It was a satisfying conclusion for both groups, to see the successful outcome of all of their time and effort.
We have all known what this kind of satisfaction feels like, when we accomplish a goal after working towards it for a long time. Whether it’s a work project or promotion, graduation from high school or college, or even finishing a home project or getting to go on a hard earned vacation.
We are all looking forward to an eternity with God in heaven. As we live our lives looking forward to this eternity with God, trials and hardships pile up. We experience times of blessing as well as times of despair. We face both successes and failures. Over the course of our lives, it is likely that at times we will grow tired and weary.
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
When the struggles of life have us beaten down, God is a source of peace, comfort, and strength. These are a few of the ways that God helps us to stay on the path in the race of life. Ultimately we fix our eyes on Jesus knowing that our end goal of eternity with Him is so much greater than the ups and down we face: the work promotions, graduations, vacations, and the dragon’s slayed.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2