“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path, and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”
So reads a powerful quote often attributed to the great writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. How do you handle small pebbles in life? Maybe you’ve experienced a disappointment in life: a relationship that’s gone sour, a financial challenge that has left you sinking, or a doctor’s report that is less than ideal.
Often, these kinds of setbacks don’t feel like little pebbles, but more like significant roadblocks that can keep us stuck.
This past weekend, Lindsey Lautsbaugh continued our summer series and brought a powerful message on the road to resiliency. The apostle Paul was a great example to us in how to deal with roadblocks. He showed us how to be honest about our weaknesses and see them as an opportunity for God’s strength to be on display (2 Corinthians 4:7-15).
David, who wrote many psalms as honest prayers to God, gave us similar words that can be an anchor for our lives. He wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair and set my feet upon the rock. He steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what God has done, be amazed, and put their trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:1-3).
Resilience is a character trait that God develops in us so that he can work through us to impact the people around us.
What impact could you make if you grew in resilience? Imagine if the people around you could see what God has done in your life, and they end up putting their trust in the Lord as well.
As Lindsey pointed out this week, “Resiliency is for the ‘we’ and not just me.”
My prayer for you this week is that this message on resiliency inspires you to keep growing in your faith. Remember, the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives inside of you to fulfill the purpose God has for you.